The National Association of Headteachers staged an “email day” yesterday when as many people as possible in the teaching force, heads, senior staff, teachers, parents were asked to email their MP pointing out that data collated from their own analysis as well as the Department for Education, the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Public Accounts Committee show that the current level of school funding “is insufficient and that schools and children are suffering”.
Lancashire NAHT Branch Secretary Tony Roberts said the same email had been sent to all Lancashire County councillors and the county’s MPs outlining the crisis facing schools due to current budget shortfalls and the impacts on the future.
It states: “An increasing number of schools in Lancashire and other schools, are facing a deficit budget in 2018 and even more in 2019.
Up to a fifth of schools reported that their 2017 budget showed a 13 percentage point decrease since 2015
Up to four fifths of schools had, or are planning a decrease in the hours of or the retention of teaching assistant hours and positions.”
However, it points out that despite the county spending more than the national guidelines on education national austerity measures are having an major impact
Mr Roberts added: “It is not going to change the world but is intended to keep the subject in their consciences as we are fighting BREXIT and the NHS issue rightly takes pride of place.”