Schools cannot thrive without proper financial support and without a proper assessment of costs.

Commenting on the National Audit Office (NAO)’s report School Funding in England, Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said:  

“This important report exposes the financial difficulties schools continue to face, even after the start of the Government’s much-heralded funding increase for schools. 

“The report also concludes that the Department for Education have ‘not systematically assessed the cost pressures arising from COVID-19’ and that their assurances that schools didn't have unmanageable costs arising from COVID ran counter to the experience of the stakeholders the NAO spoke to. 

“The report questions why local authorities must provide detailed funding information on their maintained schools and yet multi-academy trusts need not publish any information on how they allocate funds or why. 

“So yet again the Department for Education have been found out on school funding. Yet again their assurances that schools are in a strong financial position turn out not to be accurate. Yet again the Department’s claims to be prioritising the most disadvantaged turn out to be the opposite of their actions. 

“Schools cannot thrive without proper financial support and without a proper assessment of costs.  Gavin Williamson pays scant attention to his brief. We hope, however, that both he and the Treasury will heed this report and provide the funding schools and colleges need to allow the nation’s school children to make up for the last year.” 

ENDS 

2021-117-NEU