Fund Schools Now March & Rally - POSTPONED

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FUND SCHOOLS NOW MARCH AND RALLY - POSTPONED

NAHT has taken the decision, along with the coalition of campaign groups, to postpone the march and rally scheduled for 27th September.

We send our thanks to those who pledge to attend and ask that you remain part of our funding campaign moving forward. Whilst the recent funding announcement from the Government is a step in the right direction, we remain cautious and await further detail and analysis regarding the impact of any additional funding and how this will be distributed. Be in no doubt however, that this announcement of restoring some of the monies cut from school and college budgets over the past few years, is a testament to the effectiveness of your determined campaigning.

As always the devil is in the detail, but right now, we should pause for a moment to recognise that, on the face of it, this is a substantial injection of cash, which, over three years, could make a real difference.

It is also right to acknowledge that this announcement hasn’t come out of nowhere. The funding announced is a result of the high-profile campaign that NAHT has run alongside its members starting five years ago; and through our petitions, press releases, demonstrations, lobbying, pledges and negotiations, we have made sure that the argument for more school funding has stayed at the top of the government’s agenda.

We’re not naïve, and school leaders have become accustomed to being disappointed on this issue. For that reason, our press statement, offers a cautious welcome as to what’s been announced.

Early analysis shows that the amount pledged by government would still see a funding gap for schools by 2022 of c£3.6 billion.

Of particular concern to NAHT is the plight currently facing our maintained nursery schools. Maintained nurseries operate within some of our most deprived communities and do more than any other part of the school system to give children the best possible start in their education. Despite these undisputed facts the government has wholly failed to provide these settings with the stability they need to be able to plan for the future. All maintained nurseries face a funding cliff edge in 2020 and this must be challenged. NAHT is working hard with the APPG and Early Education to secure the funding MNS need.

SEND children and their families are also suffering from years of chronic underfunding which the government announcement has done little to address. The £700 million pledge does not even go half way towards providing the £1.7 billion needed to provide those most in need in our schools with the support they need and to which they are entitled. It is a sticking plaster and will do little to alleviate the stress and anxiety caused to thousands of families up and down the land or to provide you with the resources you actually need. We will continue to work with members and parents to highlight and campaign for the resources required.

In terms of the Post 16 sector which has been systematically starved of cash for years the announcement made last month gives only a third of £1.2 billion required to reverse the 27% of real terms cuts Post 16 has seen since 2010 and nothing in terms of further investment. NAHT and our partners across the education community will continue to press for Post 16 to receive the funds needed.

None of the money pledged will be seen by schools until April next year meaning the cuts already happening will continue for a further six months. And of course in the context of the present unprecedented political turmoil in this country there is no guarantee that the government of today will still be in power to make good on their pledge in the coming months. Naturally further analysis is needed, and we will be doing plenty of work on that now to make sure that what’s been announced meets the needs of all pupils in all schools, not only in England, but in Wales and Northern Ireland too

That’s why we need you to get involved and stay involved with the NAHT. Whilst the march on the 27th September has been postponed, our campaign continues.

If you would like to hold an event or meeting in your area aimed at bringing together school leaders to campaign on this or other issues then please get in touch and we can help you organise this: https://www.naht.org.uk/our-priorities/school-funding-in-crisis-join-the-campaign/

Thank you for all your support and for taking the time to read this message. There is no doubt that when you speak the public and politicians listens, so please get involved and make sure that your voices continue to be heard so we can build a better education system for everyone.


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