Monthly Archives: March 2017

Fis-edsolutions bloggs report that Individual schools will lose or gain hundreds of thousands of pounds in the first year of the biggest shake-up

Individual schools will lose or gain hundreds of thousands of pounds in the first year of the biggest shake-up of school funding in England for decades.

Official figures released as the part of consultation on the changes show 9,045 schools will lose money while 10,653 will get more.

One school – Nottingham Academy – will get £224,000 less in the first year of the new “funding formula”.

Two, Loxford School in Redbridge and The Sydney Russell School in Dagenham, will be £300,000 better off amid moves to end a “postcode lottery”.

Governors urge school funding bravery

In four areas of the country every school will either be the same or worse off, with no additional funding, according to the data.

The figures look only at the new funding formula and do not take account of other costs and pressures on school budgets, such as inflation.

Schools have to account for unfunded rises in pay, pension and National Insurance contributions, which will take up between 6% and 11% of their budgets by 2019-20.

It has been estimated that real term losses will reach £74,000 for primary schools and £291,000 for secondary schools by 2019-20.

Across England, the overall budget given to schools is rising by 0.5% compared with spending in 2016-17, from £31.6bn to £31.8bn.

Fis-edsolutions ltd blogs Ministers should invest in existing grammar schools rather than create new ones, head teachers say

Ministers should invest in existing grammar schools rather than create new ones, head teachers have said.

Grammar school leaders have hit out at the Prime Minister for setting aside millions in the Budget to build a new generation of selective schools, as they warn that existing institutions are on the “cusp of viability”.

Head teachers said they are already having axe subjects such as Latin and music, and double their class sizes in order to cope under budget constraints.

Fis-edsolutions blogs The heads of almost every school in Essex, West Sussex, East Sussex and Cornwall have written a joint letter warning of budgets at “breaking point”.

The heads of almost every school in Essex, West Sussex, East Sussex and Cornwall have written a joint letter warning of budgets at “breaking point”.

They say it will mean staff cuts, bigger class sizes and fewer support services, such as for mental health.

The Department for Education says school spending is at record levels.

The letter, sent to MPs and parents, from the heads of more than a thousand schools, accuses the Department for Education of being “entirely irresponsible” over school finances.

“School leaders from Penzance to Bognor Regis to Eastbourne and onto Colchester are joining together and are united by a common purpose; we all want adequate funding for every school,” says the letter.

It calls on local MPs to support their schools’ campaigns for better funding.

Funding battle

Heads have been protesting that school budgets have failed to keep up with rising costs – highlighting a National Audit Office report of a £3bn funding gap.