At the end of 2016, NAHT surveyed head teachers and school business managers, centering on the estimated £3bn deficit in school / academy budget for 2016/17.
From the 1,102 responses received, 83% of which were from primary schools, it is quite clear that our children’s education is going to face some major challenges in the coming years.
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.”
What You Need to Know
- Only 1/3 of respondents were able to balance their budget without making cuts or using reserves – this number continues to dwindle year on year
- 72% of respondents think their budgets will be unsustainable by 2019/20
- The most common cost saving reported by respondents – 85% – was a reduction of investment in equipment
Hobby goes on to say, “The government must take urgent action and commit to funding schools sufficiently in the next Budget. It is time to stop viewing education spending as a cost and to start seeing it as an investment in England’s future, and in our children’s.”
How to Survive (and Thrive) During the School Funding Crisis
Something needs to change, and for now it looks like the austerity is the order of the day.
Local government is unable or unwilling to change their attitudes toward our children’s education.
This should come as a wakeup call to schools and local businesses, and Select Technology is taking the initiative by reaching out to Kent schools to try and lighten the load.
Here are a few tips to create some room in your school’s budget this year:
- Utilise the experience of local service providers who may be able to help departments operate more efficiently – free advice can be a powerful resource
- Outsource and automate elements of your IT support to improve system uptime and enable teachers to get the best from their pupils
- Use cloud desktop hosting to remove onsite server hardware, and reduce ongoing maintenance and upgrade costs
- Review your supplier relationships to ensure you are getting the best value for money across all departments
With more than 20 years of experience in the IT world, Select Technology can help you weather the storm. We work closely with Kent schools, so understand the needs and challenges faced by educators.
Call us today and let’s have a chat about options for adapting your school’s IT infrastructure to this period of austerity.
Through cost savings and greater efficiency, there is no reason why your school can’t thrive!