Month: March 2019

Schools desperately need £5.7bn more funding – union

If every child is to receive an education that they deserve, then school funding needs to be boosted by £5.7 billion, one union says. In a report published by the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), the union warns that England’s primary and secondary schools will need £40.2 billion in funding in 2019/20. However, they will only receive £34.5 billion. The union says it worked out its figures by calculating how many teachers and support staff are necessary to support the number of students in the school system next year. In their survey of secondary school headteachers, around...

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Schools need help in tackling knife crime – Ofsted

School exclusions and knife crime are probably two symptoms which indicate similar underlying issues, says the head of Ofsted. Amanda Spielman says there is a ‘harmful narrative’ that is developing over school exclusions and the potential of exclusion, leading to children carrying knives or joining gangs. However, the head of the school’s inspection body says that the issue is ‘too complex’ to offer any simple answers. She also adds that schools alone cannot be given the responsibility of tackling the issue of knife crime. Ms Spielman explained: “Schools should and can play a part and many are doing so...

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Headteachers write to families with budgets warning

The funding crisis facing schools became real for millions of families around the country this week after thousands of headteachers wrote to inform them about their school’s budget cuts. The WorthLess? campaign group says growing numbers of parents are helping in the funding crisis by buying items such as pens and glue sticks, but more is needed. The letter has been written and sent after the campaign group’s wanted to meet with Damian Hinds, the education secretary, but was rebuffed because of ‘time pressures’. Also, the Department for Education says that in England, school funding is currently ‘at its...

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Scotland’s teachers call off pay strike after deal

A strike that was to be held by teachers in Scotland over their pay claim has been called off by one union’s executive committee after an improved pay deal was received. The union, the EIS, said the pay deal was a ‘significant success for teachers’. The new pay deal was made after John Swinney, the country’s education secretary, said that he had looked at the pay offer and chosen to increase the necessary funding. Essentially, teachers in Scotland will enjoy a compound pay rise of 13.51% over the next three years. Pay deal The pay deal breaks down as:...

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Lack of funds leads to school closing early

Teaching unions say school funds are at ‘breaking point’ after one school announced it is closing early on Fridays for lack of cash. Stockport’s Vale View primary says that from September, it will close early on Fridays at lunchtime. For those parents who are unable to pick up their children when the school closes face charges for the school to look after them. The school is said to be one of around 25 in England that are looking to shorten their school week to reduce costs. However, the governors have provoked anger in some parents by trying to persuade...

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