Commenting on the announcement of cash allocations for schools from April 2020, Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said:

“The Government continues to try to pull the wool over the public’s eyes about the reality of school funding.

“They have to triple count monies to get to their claim that there is £14bn more in schools.

“Boris Johnson has again promised that school funding will be ‘levelled up’. This is not true. A third of schools will suffer a funding cut because school costs rise faster than inflation.

“In April 2020, four out of five schools will still have less per pupil than in 2015.

“The money being put into the National Funding Formula is not enough to address historic underfunding. Even though the Government identified many local authorities as suffering from significant underfunding in 2015, 147 out of 150 local authorities will have even less money in April 2020 than they did in 2015.

“The Government claim laudable aims, but they must provide the funding to turn them into reality.”

ENDS

2019-149-NEU