Headteachers take a stand on school and SEN funding

Despite the DfE's call for evidence, headteachers have hit out at inadequate levels of SEN funding and are threatening to take a stand against the general cost-cutting measures being forced on schools. Dorothy Lepkowska reports

Headteachers could refuse to implement further cost-cutting measures, such as making staff redundant, unless the government reviews school funding with immediate effect.

Members of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) have voted overwhelmingly to defy government cuts and consider ways of highlighting the extent of the cash crisis more forcibly.

This might include setting projected budgets that were in line with the real costs of running a school and refusing to balance budgets by reducing the terms and conditions under which teachers work.

Heads could also refuse to “co-operate and participate” in anything the government asks of them that does not have a direct link to day-to-day teaching.

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