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Hart Calls for Reappraisal of School Funding

Magazine article Public Finance

Hart Calls for Reappraisal of School Funding

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Head teachers must end their war with the government over the 'workload agreement', the outgoing head of the National Association of Head Teachers warned this week.

In his swansong speech to conference after 27 years as general secretary, David Hart said it was time for members to move on with the agreement, which aims to guarantee all teachers one half-day a week out of the classroom for marking and preparation.

However, NAHT members are divided over the agreement and claim the lack of extra funding makes the deal impossible to implement.

Speaking on May 2, Hart said he would like to see a key feature of the education funding system reappraised. I see absolutely no reason why all the money in the schools budget, including that centrally retained, should not go to schools.'

He added that they, via the Schools Forum, should decide collectively whether to buy the services from the local authority or elsewhere. 'Then,' he added, 'we would have a value-for-money system controlled by head teachers and their governors. That would be true independence and autonomy.'

He warned: 'Too many opportunities remain for cash to "stick to the sides" before it reaches schools. Too much grant is kept back by government to spend on its favourite strategies. …

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