School administrators, business managers and finance workers are regularly administering first aid, handing out medicines to pupils and conducting criminal record checks because of cuts in the number of school support staff, according to a survey published today (Friday) by UNISON. The findings suggest that any further reduction in their numbers – as proposed by […]
Only last month I wrote here about the problems facing school funding – and the need for the funding formula to resolve it in a way that’s fair to communities across the country. I said: “The answer to the financial problems schools face is not to shift pots of money about – robbing Peter to […]
Responding to government plans to reform school funding UNISON head of education Jon Richards said: “Schools that are already underfunded will get much less than they’d hoped for. “Other highly rated schools in better resourced areas will see their budgets cut further still to fund those currently failing. “Good education doesn’t come cheap. Schools need […]
Since Theresa May became Prime Minister in July, the Conservative Party has spent time and money on educational hobby horses like grammar schools – £200m funding in the Autumn Statement – while under their noses, and on their watch, there are real problems with school funding that aren’t being addressed.
Friday 26 August 2016 For immediate release Responding to the Local Government Association call for councils to have oversight of academy school finances, UNISON national secretary for education Jon Richards said: “UNISON has raised cases of suspected financial irregularity with the Department for Education, Education Funding Agency and the National Audit Office, all of which […]
UNISON warns against ‘robbing Peter to pay Paul’ as government launches consultation on a new English school funding formula