Watch and share: our members tell the real story of the school cuts that are devastating schools and colleges - and why joining NEU is the way forward.
In his Spring Statement, the Chancellor failed to end budget uncertainty for schools. His boast that the economy is in recovery prompts the question of why he cannot address the issue of school funding now 91% of primary schools and 94% of secondaries have had their per pupil funding cut.
The NEU joint general secretaries' had written to Damian Hinds urging him to face up to the "national emergency" of the education funding crisis.
Six tests the Spring Statement failed
The Spring Statement was the first of two statements that the Chancellor gives to Parliament each year. It provides an update on the nation’s finances and the state of the economy. The second statement is expected in the autumn with the annual Budget.
Also expected this year, is a Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR). These are conducted by the Government every three to five years. CSRs are very important as they set out how much each Government department – including the Department for Education – will have to spend over the next few years.
Any new announcements must pass all of these six tests in order to guarantee sufficient funding for the future:
- Reverse school cuts now
- New money from the Treasury
- High needs, early years and post-16 education fairly funded:
- A long-term funding plan
- Historic underfunding addressed
- All pay rises and pension increases fully implemented and fully funded
On 4 March, a three-hour Westminster Hall debate on school funding took place. Watch the video from Parliament as MPs debate on the school funding petition #SchoolCuts. We need to keep up the pressure ahead of the comprehensive spending review, when government will set out its funding plans for education for the next three years.
Watch our video on the crisis in SEND funding
According to the Department for Education’s own figures, more than 2,000 children in England with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are awaiting provision.
Meet Yvonne. She's been in education for 33 years and she's never seen the funding so bad, particularly for children with special needs.