School funding: Ministers must end their ‘institutional deafness’

Just days after MPs debated the school funding crisis, it is revealed that school leaders have written to millions of families to warn of the negative impact of budget cuts on school provision. Pete Henshaw reports on the growing pressure for ministers to act over school funding.

School leaders have written to more than three million families in the past three months to warn of the negative impact of real-terms cuts to funding for schools.

It comes as the government is being put under sustained pressure to act on school funding and to drop its “institutional deafness” on the issue.

Last week MPs in Westminster debated school funding after an e-petition started by two North East primary school headteachers reached 100,000 signatures.

However, MPs, unions and others campaigning for better funding were left frustrated with the response of schools minister Nick Gibb during the debate and have urged him to “think again”.

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