A Year in School Funding Headlines
As we campaign for a better future for our schools, it can sometimes feel like nobody is really listening. So at the start of this new year, we took a step back to look at just how much the education funding crisis had featured in the news in 2018.
It turned out the answer was: a lot. Every single month of the year included significant media coverage of the funding issues currently facing our schools. Below we highlight just a few of the headlines. Let's make sure we keep schools in the spotlight in 2019.
Channel 4 News-5 Jan 2018
Schools in England could be raising around £150m a year from voluntary donations, research by Channel 4 News suggests.
West Sussex County Times-10 Jan 2018
Headteachers have called on MPs to echo West Sussex County Council and declare the government’s school funding formula “not fit for purpose”.
BBC News-16 Jan 2018
Head teachers in the Worth Less? campaign over school funding shortages say that if the government is serious about promoting social mobility in education, then it needs to look at how low funding seems to mirror low mobility.
TES News-18 Jan 2018
In December the National Joint Council, which determines wages for support staff in many state-funded schools, set out its pay offer for the next two years.
BBC News-29 Jan 2018
Head teachers from 5,500 schools across England have signed a joint letter to Chancellor Philip Hammond warning of "chronic" funding shortages.
BBC News-29 Jan 2018
However, schools told the BBC that the increased emphasis on core academic subjects, together with funding pressures, were the most common reasons for cutting back on resources for creative subjects.
Norfolk Eastern Daily Press-30 Jan 2018
Headteacher associations from 32 counties have urged the government to make school funding across the country fairer as part of the Worth Less? campaign.
TES News-6 Feb 2018
Local authorities have lodged more than 200 appeals with the Department for Education for permission to move away from the national school funding formula next year...
The Independent-7 Feb 2018
Funding cuts have led to 15,000 secondary school staff in England being dropped as pupil numbers continue to rise, the unions have warned.
The Independent-8 Feb 2018
Schools need to have access to “dedicated funding, support and training to be able to source, commission and evaluate services effectively”...
East Anglian Daily Times-13 Feb 2018
Suffolk schools could be hit with an £11.5million funding decrease over the next two years, according to latest estimates from education unions.
LeaderLive-21 Feb 2018
The authority was ready to set a 'cash flat' budget for the county's schools as it juggled its own budget for 2018/19. But a campaign from headteachers, school staff and parents in the last few weeks against what they felt amounted to a three per cent to five per cent cut with inflation has prompted a re-think.
TES News-21 Feb 2018
Heads' leader warns that struggling schools are being 'left in limbo' by delays converting them into academies
TES News-7 Mar 2018
Class sizes are rising in the majority of secondary schools in England as a result of the government’s underfunding of education, according to unions.
TES News-8 Mar 2018
Schools could be stripped of cash to support pupils with serious physical and mental disabilities, after government officials blocked councils from boosting their "high needs" budgets.
Schools Week-9 Mar 2018
Funding pressures are forcing grammar school headteachers to consider increasing their pupil numbers to reach “economies of scale”, the Association of School and College Leaders has warned.
The Independent-14 Mar 2018
The official statistics watchdog rapped Damian Hinds, pointing out that funding is frozen – and that he was also wrong to claim that every school will enjoy “a small cash increase”.
BBC News-15 Mar 2018
The number of state secondary schools falling into deficit in England has almost trebled in the last four years to more than a quarter, research says.
ITV News-16 Mar 2018
The headteacher of a school forced to cut teaching hours has told ITV News of her fears that the funding crisis in England's schools will have "dire consequences" for the nation's children.
The Independent-21 Mar 2018
More than a third of headteachers have had to cut back on teachers due to a squeeze on funding, a survey from a school leaders' union suggests.
HuffPost UK-23 Mar 2018
A promise of “jam tomorrow” will not cut it with the profession, parents and voters who that know any further delay will be devastating
The Independent-30 Mar 2018
One in five teachers have said their school has been forced to ask parents for financial contributions to help with funding, a new survey has found.
Liverpool Echo-6 Apr 2018
The email informs teachers that from April 1, the council will cease to fund resources required for children who need extra support because of special needs, disabilities or behavioural problems.
Schools Week-8 Apr 2018
School support staff are being forced to work unpaid overtime as a result of increasing workload and dwindling staffing levels, a new survey has found.
Worthing Herald-11 Apr 2018
There are ten days to go until parents take to the streets of Worthing to march for fairer funding for their children's schools.
TES News-19 Apr 2018
MPs have launched an inquiry into school funding in England. The investigation will examine whether the government should have a 10-year plan for schools and colleges, instead of the current system of three-year spending reviews.
Spirit FM-20 Apr 2018
Parents calling for fairer funding for West Sussex's schools are set to take their message to the streets of Worthing on Saturday.
Worthing Herald-23 Apr 2018
More than 500 people have marched through the streets of Worthing to appeal to the government for fairer funding for West Sussex schools. The march, organised by the campaign group SOS West Sussex, saw parents, children, supporters and teachers meet at Steyne Gardens on Saturday (April 21) before they made their way through the town centre to the seafront.
TES News-25 Apr 2018
Education secretary Damian Hinds has been confronted in Parliament by a senior member of his own party, who demanded urgent action over the fact that schools "simply don't have enough" money.
BBC - 4 May 2018
The education secretary has recognised the extent of funding pressures in England's schools after hearing warnings of a "financial crisis".
The Independent - 10 May 2018
'The grammar school corpse has climbed out of its coffin once again despite evidence of the damage that selective education causes'
The Guardian - 22 May 2018
Critics say UCL research calls into question government’s plans to expand selective state education
TES - 13 June 2018
MP highlights the impact of axing the £600m Education Services Grant, which paid for a range of school support services
BBC - 15 June 2018
A school in Theresa May's constituency has sent a list to parents of things it says need buying to keep it running - including toilet paper.
Schools Week - 27 June 2018
The education secretary Damian Hinds has clashed with MPs on school funding, after he refused to say how much extra cash he is fighting for.
Chichester Observer - 5 July 2018
More money for schools needs to be made available by the Government as in West Sussex headteachers are being forced to make staffing reductions, according to council leaders.
BBC - 12 July 2018
The amount of per pupil spending in England's schools has fallen by 8% since 2010, says an analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies.
The Independent - 19 July 2018
'It is more difficult to provide early intervention and prevent behavioural problems'
Schools Week - 2 August 2018
A “lifeline” government scheme that issued school improvement grants has closed, with £85 million from its coffers left unspent.
TES - 8 August 2018
Schools that can't afford teacher pay rise having to consider cuts, despite DfE assurance on funding
TES - 31 August 2018
Strategy says schools raise £1.3 billion a year – but income generation ‘varies a great deal between schools’
TES - 7 September 2018
Chief inspector's comments prompt union to call for the abolition of Ofsted because it is 'not doing the right job'
The Guardian - 17 September 2018
Spending on post-16 colleges cut ‘much more sharply’ than for primaries and secondaries
BBC - 28 September 2018
"Relentlessly reasonable" is an unusual rally cry - but this was no ordinary demonstration.
BBC - 8 October 2018
Serious concerns have been raised over the Department for Education misrepresenting statistics to make England's schools' performance and funding appear better than they are.
The Worthing Herald - 19 October 2018
Local schoolchildren, their parents, grandparents and teachers are taking part in #Floss4Funding today (Friday, October 19) as part of a national day of action for fair school funding.
TES - 23 October 2018
Campaign comes as MPs hear concerns that funding pressures are leading schools to exclude children with SEND
BBC - 2 November 2018
Six-part series School lays bare the funding crisis affecting schools across the country
Schools Week - 3 November 2018
The chancellor’s £400 million capital “bonus” for schools to buy “little extras” could end up with brand-new schools being handed as much cash as those where the “roof is falling in”.
TES News - 6 November 2018
MPs hear concerns about the national funding formula, minimum funding guaranteed for schools and the pupil premium
One in three MPs do not believe schools are in funding crisis, despite repeated warnings over austerity
The Independent - 29 November 2018
'This is a crisis. This isn't a blip. This isn't a little problem'
Schools Week - 4 December 2018
If Ofsted is happy to rely on anecdotal evidence for off-rolling and school readiness, why does it refuse to speak out on the school funding crisis, the impacts of which are clear as day, asks Paul Whiteman
TES - 7 December 2018
Warning comes as school leaders gather for crisis summit on lack of money for pupils with special needs
Worthing Herald - 21 December 2018
Hundreds of children from across Worthing have written Christmas wishes to Government ministers asking for extra school funding for the new year.
What a year. Here's to more awareness-raising in 2019!