The Governments Policy For Schools Is Coping and Hoping

Editorial SLT Volume 8.5

According to its own theoretical benchmarking models, the DfE believes schools should have no trouble coping with the £3 billion cuts required of them by 2019/2020 without impairing education quality if they make the correct financial and staffing policy decisions. But a National Audit Office report on the financial sustainability of schools throws a very big question-mark over most of  the assumptions the Department is making. It points out that the DfE has no real understanding of why so many schools, secondary schools in particular,  are currently spending more than their income and consuming their reserves. Nor, for that matter, does it have any idea why a much smaller proportion are spending less than their budget and running a surplus. (see Trends, pages …)

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