In December 2016, the Department for Education announced it was seeking views on the detailed design of the schools national funding formula, as part of the second stage of its consultation.
On behalf of Head Teachers across the region, SCHOOLS NorthEast submitted the following response.
SCHOOLS NorthEast is calling on Chancellor Phillip Hammond to use his first Budget to tackle the funding crisis within schools.
Ofsted has downgraded 56.41% of section 5 inspections in North East schools conducted and published in the autumn term.
School leaders in the North East are reporting a worrying increase in mental health issues among children and young people and recognise that schools have an important role to play in addressing this problem.
The commission, titled Healthy MindED, brings together a representative group of school leaders along with influential practitioners working within and alongside the education system to consider how best to tackle growing problems with children’s emotional wellbeing.
Primary school funding gap narrows, but the average North East school still set to get around half of what the average London primary receives
Funding gap for North East secondary schools to widen with the average school receiving nearly 1/5th less money than the average London secondary
Affluent schools in the south will receive as much as £1m+ extra funding than northern schools due to flawed Area Cost Adjustment multiplier in new formula
Sunderland, Gateshead, Redcar and County Durham rank in top 25 of all English local authorities in national curriculum assessments at Key Stage 2
New schools funding formula fails ‘Fairness’ test and will divert vital resources from schools in disadvantaged areas to affluent areas. Calls grow for Government to better fund education on the day the National Audit Office publishes report that schools face £3bn cuts.
On 12 September the Department for Education released a new Green Paper entitled “Schools That Work For Everyone”. This contained a range of proposals with the aim of creating “an education system that extends opportunity to everyone, not just the privileged few”.
SCHOOLS NorthEast strongly welcomed the launch of the Children’s Commissioner’s ‘Growing Up North’ inquiry into children’s life prospects. However, the composition of the inquiry’s expert advisory panel has caused serious concern about the quality and inclusivity of the initiative as it fails to contain a single North East representative despite seeking to address issues in the region.
Last month, the Government launched a consultation on whether early years educators need GCSEs in Maths and English.
Since 1 September 2014, staff who hold the early years educator qualification must also have achieved grade C or above in GCSE English and Maths, but some employers in the sector have reported that this has made retention and recruitment of staff more difficult.
SCHOOLS NorthEast asked for your input on the matter, to ensure that our consultation response reflects the views and experiences of North East early years providers. Based on your replies, we have submitted the response below.