91% OF SCHOOLS TO LOSE OUT UNDER THE GOVERNMENT’S SCHOOL FUNDING PROPOSALS

Unless the Government allocates additional money, schools and academies will continue to lose huge amounts in real terms cuts – schools have already been cut by £2.8bn since 2015. Head teachers are speaking of the impossible job they have to balance the books and offer the best education for all children. Yet there is worse to come.

These cuts will hurt us all. They will result, amongst many other things, in:

  • increased class sizes,
  • loss of school staff, and
  • cuts to extra-curricular activities and resources.

The education unions are calling on the Government to take immediate action to inject much needed money into an already beleaguered system and protect our children’s education.

Enter your postcode then take a look at the map to see how schools in your neighbourhood will be affected.

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Note: This website does not include data for special schools or schools which are very new.

Methodology for England

We looked at the core schools budget as it represents 75% of school spending.
It should not be forgotten that all other areas of the education budget – early years, sixth form, pupil
premium and high needs have all also been cut in real terms over the last two years.

We used the

Schools block funding allocations for 2015 / 2016

as the baseline. This gives the per pupil funding for every mainstream school. We compared these with the
funding amounts from the Government’s illustration of the impact of the NFF that was realised through the
COLLECT system. Funding to cover PFI costs have been removed from all sums.

We have used the

Office for Budget Responsibility’s estimate for inflation

for the period 2015 to 2020.

We assumed that local schools’ forums would implement the
National Funding Formula as the Government has recommended.

All the data is available at
bit.ly/school_cuts_data

Andrew Baisley,
6th February 2018

Methodology for Wales

We used Welsh government data to calculate cuts to Welsh schools over
this Parliament, 2015 — 2020.

Using the 2015/16 funding as the baseline, we calculated the impact of
cost increases and pupil number increases on school funding.

The website uses the following assumptions in making its
calculations:

  • That inflation for schools will amount to 8.7% over the lifetime of
    this Parliament. This figure is in “Financial sustainability of
    schools” published by the National Audit Office on 14 December 2016
    (page 15) and applies equally to schools in Wales and England.
  • That funding for schools in Wales increases by 2.86% over this
    Parliament in line with the increase in Welsh Government revenue, but
    that pupil numbers in Welsh schools increase by 3.68% as predicted,
    leading to a reduction in funding per pupil over that period.
  • That the above changes in funding and pupil numbers are distributed
    equally among schools in Wales.

The website also assumes that Welsh councils do not provide additional
funding for their schools from other areas of spending. Where any Welsh
council does provide additional funding, the figures for schools in
that council will be lower than our predicted figure.

All the figures are in 2016/17 prices.

Andrew Baisley, 22nd
March 2017

Data Sources


Welsh schools funding figures


Welsh pupil population projections


Welsh Government revenue