We are planning to further illustrate the cost pressures on schools and colleges with anonymised case studies. If you would be willing to participate, please contact TellUs@ascl.org.uk with the subject heading ‘case study’ and your contact details, and we’ll be in touch.
Almost all schools and colleges in England are likely to face the prospect of having to make cuts because of rising costs and insufficient government funding, an ASCL survey found.
ASCL General Secretary Geoff Barton said: “School leaders in this survey use words such as ‘catastrophic’ and ‘devastating’ to describe the financial situation they are facing and the impact on their pupils. It is clear that the future is bleak unless the government acts urgently.”
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The survey was sent by email to 4,231 headteachers, principals and business leaders in English state-funded schools and colleges, and responses were submitted from October 12 to 24 2022. There were 630 completed responses, a response rate of 15%. Respondents were asked to submit one response per school or college. The majority of responses were from mainstream secondary and all-through schools (80%). The remainder were from primary schools (10%), special schools, colleges and other types of schools.
Read the survey report here
Also, prior to the Autumn Statement 2022, we worked with the National Governance Association (NGA) on a letter that governing bodies could send to their local MPs and be published on school websites, making parents aware and encouraging them to send their own letters.