Only 1% of school leaders say they have enough money to fully meet pupils’ needs

Only 1% of school leaders say they have enough funding to fully meet their students’ needs, with 95% being forced to fundraise additional income to make ends meet.
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A survey of 1,048 school leaders finds that the vast majority are turning to charitable grants and other fundraising to help cover costs including classroom materials, staffing and building repairs.

The research has also revealed that 83% lack the funding needed to maintain their school buildings while 18% say parts of their school estate cannot be maintained.

The findings have been published by the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) ahead of its annual conference on May 3 and 4 in Newport.

The respondents – who come from primary, secondary and special schools – described the range of costs that they required additional funds to meet:

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