Dr Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union has commented on the Department for Education statistics released today (1).
“It is clear that the academies sector and schools as a whole are feeling the effects of an unsustainable funding model. Earlier this year some of the largest academy trusts warned in their annual accounts of the risks that they faced due to funding pressures and highlighted deficits in the individual academies they oversee. The funding pressures on individual schools within trusts are not reflected in these figures. The rise in the number of academy trusts that are in deficit is another sign of the impact of the Government’s cuts to school funding, cuts that will further limit pupils’ educational opportunities.”