Funding crisis: 13 things school leaders may be forced to cut

The stark reality of exactly how thousands of school leaders plan to cut frontline provision in light of the funding crisis has been spelt out in new research.

Involving more than 11,000 school leaders, the findings show where the axe is likely to fall in schools if the Department for Education (DfE) does not respond to school leaders’ on-going pleas for increased funding.

The research has been conducted by the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), which says that as well as the 3% real-terms fall in school funding between 2010 and 2024 as calculated by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (Sibieta, 2022), schools are facing “eye-watering” energy bills, “spiralling” costs to resources/supplies driven by record levels of inflation, and having to fund this year’s teacher pay increase from their existing budgets.

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