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School funding still in crisis, says NAHT

A joint survey of school leaders by NAHT and ITV News today (Friday 16 March), shows that school funding is still in crisis.

The survey had 1,278 respondents.

·         97% say their school is facing a funding crisis

·         88% say they have already had to make cuts

·         71.4% say pupils and education has been directly impacted on by the cuts

·         75% say that they have had to reduce support to children with SEN

·         14% say they are considering reducing school hours as a result of the funding crisis

·         84% say funding cuts to other public services have impacted on their school

Responding, Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, said:

“It is now crystal clear that school budgets are at breaking point. Government funding is not keeping pace with inflationary pressures, and schools are falling into debt.

“There is a real concern that this will soon have a negative impact on children and education.

“In the last General Election campaign, school funding was a key issue on the doorstep. It is clear that parents will not tolerate school standards slipping and that they are concerned for their children’s future.

“The government’s only option is to find more money for schools.”

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