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School cutbacks put 'education system at risk'

School cutbacks put 'education system at risk'

The £3bn savings expected of England's schools threaten the stability of the whole education system, says the National Association of Head Teachers General secretary Russell Hobby.

He says ministers should no longer be allowed to claim school funding is protected, whilst the Department for Education has said school funding is at record levels. But the Institute of Fiscal Studies says this claim does not tell the whole story or take account of the impact of cost pressures on per pupil funding.

It has just published research which says to keep school funding at its present levels in real terms, an extra £2bn will be needed between 2017 and 2022. Between 2015 and 2017, schools had been required to make £1.7bn savings, it added.

The Department for Education spokesman has said it has protected the core schools budget in real terms since 2010, with school funding at its highest level on record at almost £41bn in 2017-18 - and that is set to rise, as pupil numbers increase over the next two years, to £42bn by 2019-20.

"We recognise that schools are facing cost pressures, which is why we will continue to provide support to help them use their funding in cost effective ways and make efficiencies.

This includes improving the way they buy goods and services and our recently published School Buying Strategy is designed to help schools save over £1bn a year by 2019-20 on non-staff spend."

Source: BBC

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