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Will strikes result in better school funding?

13 April 2015

Reports suggest that the threat of strikes may do more harm than good where school funding is concerned, and stakeholders should find another way to ensure school funding becomes a central issue in the election as well as any post-election discussions. The report indicates that the pressures of reduced budgets in real terms will begin to bite in the next few years and schools could be faced with stark choices around staffing and provision. It further suggests that the failure to deliver a truly national fair funding formula which bypasses local authorities may well be adding to the overall inequality being faced by schools in different areas of the country.

School funding remains a critical issue to ensure standards continue to rise and that the aim of 'closing the gap' in attainment is realised. Whilst schools will look at income generation and collaboration with other schools to maximise income, the next government will need to deal with the issue of funding as a matter of priority to ensure education for all does not suffer.

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