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Funding formula fails test as schools still face cuts

Issue No. 2572

Tory education secretary Justine Greening

Tory education secretary Justine Greening (Pic: Simon Davis/DFID)

Schools across England are set to suffer more cuts. Tory education secretary Justine Greening last week confirmed a £1.3 billion increase in funding between 2018 and 2020.

But it’s still a cut in real terms, accounting for inflation. Schools will get a 0.5 percent per pupil rise from the next school year and a 1 percent rise from 2019/20.

The RPI rate of inflation is currently 3.9 percent.

Greening is raiding other areas of the education budget to fund the “rises”.

On top of that Greening confirmed that the funding formula is “notional”. So councils facing cuts will still decide levels of funding for each school.

The school cuts campaign said 90 percent of schools would still lose out. It has called a mass lobby in London on 24 October.

Go to for more on the campaign and for more on the funding formula

NASUWT union members at Badock’s Wood Primary School in Bristol were set to strike this Wednesday.

Teachers plan a further a two-day strike from next Tuesday and a three-day strike from 3 October.

The headteacher had announced extra monitoring of staff.

The NASUWT said teachers felt this was “getting in the way of teaching”.

Schools inspectorate Ofsted has put the school into special measures.

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