The financial crisis is the result of inadequate funding of DE by central government, insufficient funding of schools by DE and a financially and educationally unviable schools’ estate. Unless the latter two are addressed, there will have to be a significant uplift in allocation of funds to DE to sustain the currently inefficient system.
This submission calls for:
a need to kick-start the recommendations (especially 1-11) of the ‘Salisbury’ Independent Review of the Common Funding Scheme (2013)
an urgent need for effective area-based planning to review the number of small schools and unviable Sixth Forms to achieve a sustainable schools’ estate,
an increased allocation of resources to schools through the aggregated schools’ budget,
the curtailing of educational initiatives, and
- the funding of outstanding and future pay awards by central government
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