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End to coalition leads to more collaboration?

12 May 2015

What a Tory win means for schools is still unclear, but three key factors which have developed over the last five years will remain constant:

  1. tighter budgets – real term increases in school budgets have been ruled out, with only a commitment to ring-fence per-pupil spending. Schools are expected to face budget cuts of up to 12%
  2. higher accountability – 'zero tolerance' to failure has been promised, including a power to “force coasting schools to accept new leadership
  3. local authority support – local authorities will inevitably be called upon to make some savings to meet the extra £12 billion of cuts. This may further affect their ability to support schools to expected levels.

The combination of less money, higher stakes and reduced support means conditions will be even more difficult. However, battening down the hatches and dealing with these issues in isolation cannot be the answer. It is crucial that schools look at how they can work together to ensure that they are able to meet these challenges.

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