Another funding crisis, what a surprise, but unfortunately it is not. These areas of crisis have not sprung up over night, but have been the consolidating effects of insufficient funding, changes in direction, political maneuverings and many other factors from successive Governments over many years. To plan for any future you need a long term plan and these plans need to be inter-related with all other plans in other areas of Government. That is not only an effective plan for Education, but how this plan reflects with other plans, say for health, Social Services to name but 2. No areas of Government, Local Government, Health, etc can and should be considered in isolation, but the impact of all areas within the country.

This is not rocket science, but common sense, which, unfortunately can be sadly lacking when such policies are being considered. Persons within a position of power and control, Ministers and MPs, to name but 2 may not have a full understanding of the implications of the policies when the ‘Big Picture’ is brought into the equation. This assumes that there is no political agenda or agendas in mind when these policies are being considered, for who would dream of this to occur.

For we place great trust in the persons in power and would we really consider that they do not have the countries interest at heart, over their own.

I will leave it there or is there some jest, but it is a serious subject on which to dwell.

Supporting Labour in Barnsley


NAHT has released the results of a second survey of members on school funding. Over a thousand school leaders responded with information about their budgets for 2016/17.

School budgets are close to breaking point

Russell Hobby, general secretary of school leaders union NAHT, said: “School budgets are being pushed even closer to breaking point than before. The number of schools currently in deficit has more than doubled since our 2015 survey, with nearly three quarters of school leaders only able to balance their budgets by making cuts or dipping in to reserves.

“Schools are acutely feeling the impact of an estimated £3bn shortfall in the government’s education budget by 2020 – the first real terms cuts to education spending since the 1990s. 98 per cent of schools are losing funding, at a time when costs are rising and pupil numbers are growing. 72 per cent of school leaders say their budgets will be…

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