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New funding formula ‘robbing Peter to pay Paul’, say teachers

‘No new money’ in £1.3bn for schools announcement

21 July, 2017 — By Alina Polianskaya

Joffy Conolly, head of Soho Parish School said the announcement was a step in the right direction

TEACHERS in Westminster have welcomed the announcement that schools in England will receive an extra £1.3billion over two years – but they don’t feel the move has gone far enough.

Education secretary Justine Greening made the announcement on Monday but it emerged the money would come from elsewhere in the education budget and no new money has been added.

Joffy Conolly, head of Soho Parish School, said: “I am pleased that the government is finally beginning to recognise that children’s education is being damaged by the real-term cuts over the last few years. While this announcement is welcomed as a step in the right direction, it does not appear to be allocating any more money to schools as a whole. I strongly welcome the decision to reallocate money away from the ideologically-driven free schools budget back into the maintained sector. However cutting money from the Healthy Schools budget to give back to schools under another heading is simply robbing Peter to pay Paul.”

Westminster City School business manager Sue Manning said: “We are a poorly funded school in a poorly funded borough, and even for us the national funding formula is predicted to bring us out roughly where we were. The 2018/19 funding proposal does not seem to change that.”

Ms Greening said all schools were now going to gain from the new formula. In parliament she said: “The additional investment in core schools funding which I have announced… will be funded in full from efficiencies and savings that I have identified in my department’s existing budget.”

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