9 in 10 schools in England and Wales face billions in real-terms funding cuts.

In unprecedented numbers, heads, teachers, support staff and parents have pleaded with the Government to recognise the reality on the ground and act.

John Hayes has been the headteacher at Gospel Oak School in Camden since 2012. Since his first day on the job, John has been managing a declining budget and the shortfall since 2015 is now nearly £200,000. The Government keeps saying that there is more school funding then ever before, but the cuts are still happening. The numbers speak for themselves: 

  • £2.8bn has been cut from school budgets since 2015
  • £45.4k is the average cut made to primary school budgets
  • Secondary schools have had an average budget cut of £185.2k per year

According to School Cuts’s calculations, which are based on Department of Education figures, 17,942 schools are facing real terms cuts in funding per pupil, 500 more than initially predicted and equal to nine out of ten schools.

By contrast, the figures quoted by the government use school budgets for 2017/18 as a baseline, presenting the picture in cash terms only and ignoring the impact of rising costs and inflation.

These cuts aren’t just just affecting schools in one area. In fact, 91% of schools face real-terms funding cuts.

Every day, headteachers up and down the country struggle to manage the impact of the funding cuts on their provision for children. Staff in schools from Cornwall to Cumbria are working harder, for longer and taking on more responsibility because providing a quality education is their top priority.

In unprecedented numbers, heads, teachers, support staff and parents have pleaded with the Government to recognise the reality on the ground and act. And while we’ve forced the Government to take notice, they’ve failed to commit the funding that schools so urgently need.

By joining the School Cuts Campaign you can help end school funding cuts and ensure that no child loses out.

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