The NUT has announced their plans to assemble teachers for strike action due to continuing dismay amongst educational professionals regarding their wages and funding cuts in schools.
On July 5th, NUT members and supporters will join together, take the day off work and take to the streets in an effort to emphasise their frustration with the present government’s insufficient £4bn pledge to the school budget.
Liberal Democrats have pledged £7bn to the education sector, but that will only keep the amount of expenditure per-pupil on a par with real-terms, a report from TES infers. Labour aim to boost spending per-pupil by 6% which would equate to a budget of £13.8bn. The latest Tory budget would conversely see spending per-pupil diminished by 2.8%.
A pamphlet issued by the NUT mentions the most severe cases that the Tories’ budget for schools could bring upon the education system; job losses, increased workload, a lack of pay progression, a narrowing of the curriculum and an increase of ‘exam factory’ culture in schools.
A spokesperson from the Conservative party claims that the current budget is in the best interest of young students because it focuses on the quality of education and a strong economy for them to enter into when they have left full time education.
“Only Theresa May’s Conservatives will give every young person the best possible start in life by investing in our schools because we are the only party that will keep the economy strong.”
The National Funding Formula for schools, which all three central parties have agreed to implement, will ensure that ‘no school will lose out’ through funding cuts. This ominous assessment made by the prospective governments is contested by the National Audit Office and the Institute for Fiscal Studies who are skeptical over the viability of such claims. A study generated by the IFS found that the NFF would cost the taxpayer an additional £350 per annum.
“The striking result is that with a cash-terms freeze in overall spending and the additional protections that have been announced only 40 per cent of schools are on formula in 2019–20.
“Such a reform necessarily creates relative winners and losers, but with no overall growth in funding the reform must create absolute losers to transfer the additional funding to those that gain.”
The biggest losers are set to be schools in Birmingham under the present conservative government, the NUT warns. The teachers union predicts that a figure close to £100m is likely to be slashed from the schools’ budget of the Midlands’ capital.
Today a banner was strewn across Spaghetti Junction condemning the cuts and the lack of support for schools in dire need of financial support to rebuild their institutions.