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Schools are headed for “serious financial trouble”—why won’t the government listen?

There is no two ways about it: real, per-pupil funding is plummeting. Unless this is reversed, and fast, we could start to see recent improvements in attainment undone

By Valentine Mulholland  

Photo: David Davies/PA Wire/PA Images

The extent of the problem became clear in April 2015, when schools were hit with a massive hike in employer’s national insurance and pension costs—5.5 per cent in total. They were heading for serious financial trouble.

The National Association of Head Teachers has 29,000 members, all in school leadership roles, and they started to tell us how worried they were about the future. In the autumn of 2015, we carried out a survey of over 1,200 of our members and the subsequent report painted…

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