“This all-party report is a vindication of the School Cuts campaign and every single teacher and parent who has called out the Government on its negligence in failing to fund schools and colleges. This is the Conservatives’ own mess. The question now is whether the new Prime Minister will listen. Candidates have pledged extra money for education during their campaigns, but schools need more than promises on the side of a bus. Schools need real money for real children in real schools now.
“The report sets out the scale of the cuts in funding per student and the impact they have had on post-16 education, high needs funding and school funding generally. The report is also right to point out that the basic unit of funding (the “AWPU”) is simply not enough.
“We agree with the Select Committee that education needs a 10-year plan for funding like that for the NHS, and we have recently proposed exactly that.
“The NEU, with the f40 local authorities group, ASCL and NAHT, has published a complete assessment of the extra funding needed to reverse the cuts made in recent years. We are proposing an immediate increase of £3bn in order to restore half of the £5.9bn current funding loss, followed by a 3.5% real-terms increase every year for the next six years. (1) This is the same strategy as adopted for the NHS plan. The new Prime Minister must consider this alongside the Select Committee proposals.”