Magazine article Public Finance

Schools Face Struggle to Meet New PSA Targets

Magazine article Public Finance

Schools Face Struggle to Meet New PSA Targets

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Teaching professionals warned that the education settlement is unlikely to be enough to meet the demands being placed on schools.

Although enjoying a more generous settlement than many other departments - total education spend is to rise by an average 2.8% a year in real terms over the next three years - school leaders and teaching unions warned that funding was tight.

John Dunford, the general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: 'Education ministers will have to put a stop to the torrent of initiatives that we have had in recent years, so that schools can use their funding on the core business of teaching and learning.'

Martin Johnson, acting deputy general secretary at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, told Public Finance that the reduced rate of increase was going to create problems in terms of closing the attainment gap between disadvantaged children and their peers. …

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