NASUWT: Comments on the parliamentary statement on school funding

Commenting on the statement on school funding made to the House of Commons today by the Secretary of State Michael Gove, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“The statement is yet another attempt to distort the facts to distract from the dubious decisions which have been made by this Secretary of State in relation to school funding.

“The Secretary of State claims that the current funding system is unfair and opaque. The only unfair and opaque practices have been those used by the DfE to seek to extract money unfairly from local authorities to seek to bribe schools into academy conversion.

“A transformational building project for schools was scrapped entirely and is being replaced a survey of school buildings, the revival of regulations which should never have been removed in the first place, a strategy to give more public money to the private sector and plans for cut-price, flat-pack schools.

“To add insult to injury a critical consultation on school funding is issued at the start of the school summer break, curtailing the opportunities for schools to be involved in the process.

“The Secretary of State is clearly ending the academic year as he began it.”

ENDS

Stuart Gannon
NASUWT Press Office

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