UK Budget 2017 – how are schools affected?

Wednesday 22nd November saw Parliament announce the UK Budget 2017, but was it good news for our schools?

Investing in Maths and Computer Science

Whilst the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced a £117m boost for maths and the promise of training for 12,000 computer teachers, Head teachers and leaders are "extremely disappointed by the Budget's failure to address urgent school funding shortages” and has been described as just a “drop in the ocean”. Schools are still likely to face real-terms cuts (BBC News).

Bath and North East Somerset Schools opinion

According to the Bath Chronicle, Head teachers in Bath and North East Somerset wrote to the Chancellor ahead of the 2017 Budget, pleading with him to put at least £2 billion of new money into core school budgets “for the sake of the life chances of all children in our schools”.

Schools in the district are likely to lose an average of £101 per pupil up to 2020 - a total of more than £2.2 million across the area, according to the calculations of NAHT and the Institute of Fiscal Studies.

Kevin Burnett, joint branch secretary for B&NES NAHT, said: “As there is nothing left to cut, this will translate into the loss of staff - usually for the most vulnerable - at a time when the demands on schools are only increasing.”

Further cost savings required for running schools

Due to schools facing a “deepening and very serious funding crisis” it is more important than ever for schools to effectively manage their budget and be able to make savings wherever possible.

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Sources:

Bath Chronicle - http://www.bathchronicle.co.uk/news/bath-news/bath-headteachers-warn-deepening-school-809167

BBC - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-42081388#