ATL comment on EPI Report of the impact of the National Funding Formula

Press release
17 March 2017 by ATL Media Office
Commenting on the Education Policy Institute’s (EPI) report on the impact of the National Funding Formula (NFF), Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said:

"Despite the Government’s claims to the contrary, the EPI’s report has provided independent evidence to support what ATL has been saying for months – that schools are facing significant real-terms cuts in per-pupil funding and will need to find £3 billion in savings by 2020.

“It is indisputable that education ministers need to go back to the Chancellor and secure more funding for our schools. The National Funding Formula is a constructive attempt at distributing funds to reverse historic anomalies and targets support to the most disadvantaged pupils in our society; but there is simply not enough to go around.

“What is clear from this research is that schools need to be better funded. All schools need sufficient money to provide the education their pupils are entitled to and the Government is not providing adequate funding. In particular, disadvantaged pupils and schools in deprived areas will suffer without this additional funding.

“The Government should heed the EPI’s warning that the future for schools beyond 2020 looks even bleaker if it doesn’t inject new funds. By 2020, the EPI estimate that real-term losses will equate to the loss of almost two teachers in an average primary school and six teachers in an average secondary school, adding further pressure to schools. There is genuine worry about schools’ viability, and it is children who will be the victims of the Government’s ideological economic policy.

“The Department needs to give as much notice as possible to schools of its plans beyond 2020. We are entering the unknown and have no idea what will happen with funding after this point. Schools need time to plan and to know their budget projections beyond the next couple of years, which is vital for a stable school system.”

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