School funding: A call to action

The average secondary school faces real-term, per-year losses of £178,321. With a mass lobby of Parliament planned, Kevin Courtney says enough is enough

Thanks to the campaigning of parents, teachers, headteachers and school staff, school funding became one of the defining issues in the General Election.

It resulted in Justine Greening discovering an additional £1.3 billion over two years for school funding. But we can’t rest yet as the £1.3 billon (itself being taken from other areas of education spending) falls well short of redressing the £2.8 billion real-terms cut in funding that schools have suffered since 2015, let alone covering the impact of cost increases in coming years.

Secondary schools with sixth forms and specialist sixth form colleges have been hit even harder by the huge real-terms cuts to 16 to 19 funding imposed since 2010.

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