• Limit pupils' lunch portions to save money, say Agnew's cost-cutting advisers

    Lord Agnew’s cost-cutting consultants told a school to replace experienced teachers with support staff on term-time contracts, while another was urged to limit lunch portions for pupils. Secret reports seen by Schools Week reveal other tips from the “school resource management advisers” include saving money on supply teachers by instead using spare staff to cover

    22.00 Mar. 28th, 2019 | News

  • More schools could be forced to cut teaching hours, union warns

    More headteachers will be forced to cut the length of the school day if the government doesn’t address the current funding crisis, says the head of the Association of School and College Leaders. Geoff Barton’s warning comes as a Schools Week analysis finds that 26 schools, most of them in Birmingham, have made or are

    5.00 Mar. 8th, 2019 | News

  • Teacher supply and school funding on the agenda for new Social Mobility Commission team

    The rejuvenated Social Mobility Commission will investigate school funding issues and the teacher recruitment and retention crisis, its new chair has said. Dame Martina Milburn pledged to “change things” as she introduced 12 new commissioners and announced £2 million of additional government research funding at a re-launch event at a central London college this week.

    15.33 Dec. 11th, 2018 | News

  • Councils urged to claw back cash as 'excess' school surpluses top £500m

    Councils are being urged to claw back cash from schools holding “excess” surpluses – as new figures show the total amount stored away by cash-rich schools was nearly £600 million. Department for Education figures published on Thursday show a worsening financial position for council-maintained schools – with more than three in ten secondary schools now

    7.00 Dec. 8th, 2018 | News

  • Top-rated schools and grammars pocket the most in parental donations

    ‘Outstanding’-rated schools raise almost twice as much money through parental donations as those rated ‘inadequate’, while grammar schools pick up five times more than their non-selective neighbours, it has been revealed. New figures lay bare the stark discrepancies between how much state schools can raise from parent donations to pay for essentials, including new equipment

    5.00 Dec. 7th, 2018 | News

  • Investigation: SEND funding crisis pits parents and schools against councils

    Council bosses say pressure on their SEND budgets leaves them at risk of not being able to deliver core services – which would result in the government imposing emergency spending controls. Dave Hill, executive director of children, families and learning at Surrey County Council, this week told the education select committee that councils have been

    7.00 Nov. 30th, 2018 | News

  • Hammond’s ‘little extras’ may not go directly to schools

    Academy trusts will be able to pool the money their schools are awarded from the £400 million “little extras” pot and dish it out as they deem appropriate, Schools Week understands. Philip Hammond, the chancellor, pledged the in-year bonus during last week’s budget, suggesting the money could be spent on computers or whiteboards. He said

    7.00 Nov. 9th, 2018 | News

  • Under-fire Ofsted plans research to assess impact of school funding cuts

    Ofsted is planning to research the impact of funding cuts, as its chief inspector comes under fire for standing firm on her insistence there is no “clear evidence” to show funding pressures are hitting schools. Daniel Muijs, Ofsted’s head of research, told Schools Week the inspectorate will be running research next year on the impact

    5.00 Nov. 9th, 2018 | News

  • Halfon: Give schools their own NHS-style 10 year plan

    Education needs a ten-year funding plan like the one drawn up for the NHS, the chair of the parliamentary education committee has said. Writing in Schools Week, Robert Halfon (pictured), a former education minister and Conservative Party deputy chairman, said it was “inexplicable and astonishing” that the health service can have a ten-year funding and

    5.00 Nov. 4th, 2018 | News

  • The problem with Hammond's 'little extras' budget pledge

    The chancellor’s £400 million capital “bonus” for schools to buy “little extras” could end up with brand-new schools being handed as much cash as those where the “roof is falling in”. Philip Hammond said the money, a one-off injection this year in the form of grants, would be “useful” to fund things like “whiteboards and

    5.00 Nov. 3rd, 2018 | News

  • New figures: 18,000 schools face funding cuts

    Education unions have revised upwards their predictions for the number of schools facing funding cuts to almost 18,000. The coalition of organisations behind the popular School Cuts website say 557 more schools face real-terms cuts in their funding by 2019 than originally thought. The website, run by the National Education Union, the National Association of

    9.00 Nov. 18th, 2017 | News