A headteacher said he fears another education funding crisis is ‘imminent’ and that recent allocation figures ‘do not add up’.
In a blog post Released today, Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) General Secretary Geoff Barton said Chancellor Rishi Sunak “must act”, to prevent recruitment from becoming difficult and schools from being forced to cut their budgets.
Mr Barton said the high inflation forecast meant that the funding allocated to education in last October’s spending review was no longer adequate and that it was a “real problem for the Department of Education (DfE).
He said the DfE was of the view that the planned £30,000 increase in teachers’ starting salaries would be paid from this allowance, but the reality was that many staff “would actually see real cuts in salaries”. wages” and schools. would “struggle” to pay staff salaries because of the other costs they faced.
Mr Barton highlighted rising energy costs as one of the problems facing schools and said some were seeing bills rise from £10,000 to £70,000 and from £65,000 to £200,000.
He added: “In the meantime, of course, Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi is putting the finishing touches on a white paper which is expected to set new literacy and numeracy targets and encourage the growth of multi-academy trusts. Will there be new resources for all of this?
“After all, it’s hard to make system-wide changes without money.”
Mr Barton said he hoped to see ‘a sign from the Chancellor that history is not about to repeat itself’, in next week’s spring statement.
The DfE has previously said that in 2022-23 base funding for schools will increase by £4bn from 2021-22 – giving a 5% increase in real terms per pupil – and that this will help schools to face wider cost pressures. .
In last year’s spending review, tThe Treasury said an additional £4.7billion for the basic schools budget by 2024-25 would ‘improve education standards’ by ‘supporting delivery of the government’s commitment to raise salaries for departure of teachers at 30,000 pounds”.
This implied that the government considers that funding for the pay rise will be covered by the £4.7billion increase.
The government has been approached for comments.