The National Education Union has revealed that there is a rise in cost pressures. Schools are constantly trying to secure more government funding, as the money they are given is not enough. Schools have reportedly been carrying out duties and tasks that should be down to the council, or even the police force. More than 90% of schools are funding areas such as mental health, social care, speech and language, and other services, which should be funded by the government.
Secondary schools in particular have gone to extreme lengths, with headteachers and deputies teaching classes to reduce expenditure. They also pitch in with break duties, dinner duties, and after-school clubs.
There has been a rise in student numbers, with 326,000 more pupils needing education, meaning funding for schools is more necessary than ever. Without adequate funding, the standard of teaching can be expected to deteriorate.
Jules White, a West Sussex headteacher, has said that schools have been reporting worsening finances and struggles with budgets, and are having “to prop up all manner of other social care and support services.” He accused the Treasury and the Department of Education of allowing schools to slide further into debt whilst they hide “behind slogans”.
However, the government say that record amounts of money are being put into school budgets now more than ever. Despite this, The Education Policy Institute has said that the amount of schools with budgets in “the red” has quadrupled in the last four years.