Schools and budgets

The government promised a funding increase in their most recent budget, and the Prime Minister recently stated that schools have begun to receive that. Alongside this, teachers will receive an above-inflation pay rise.

But what is the current state of spending in schools?

School spending tends to change a lot especially from government to government.

Throughout the 2000s spending went up by over 5% per pupil each year. Since 2011 spending per pupil split as secondary schools went up by 7% and primary schools went down by 3%. Then from 2016-18 an across the board cut of 4% per pupil per year.

So where is the money going?

The largest expenditure a school has is payroll, and if teachers are receiving a pay rise this means you might think schools will have to take money away from resources. However, this is not the case. The number of teachers is declining, and class sizes are rising.

Despite numerous campaigns, recruiting teachers is difficult, fewer people are getting into the profession. Of those that train up as secondary school teachers, 20% leave after their first 2 years and 40% leave after 5 years.

Ofsted has also suffered budget cuts meaning less frequent inspections across the board.

These factors combined means schools are looking for a change in the way they do things. More computer-based work requires less teaching, and a schedule change could give teachers time to plan and students an afternoon off every week.

This means using the increased budget to outfit their schools with lots of tech and buying in resources for teachers that can stretch to bigger class sizes. This is especially important as student numbers are expected to rise by 400,000 by 2027 compared to 2018.

For primary schools, these solutions don’t necessarily fit. In the formative years, there is a lot to get through, and one teacher is responsible for all subjects for that year.

Magazines for Schools gives you a minimal preparation option with several different lessons each month. This frees up some preparation time while still providing high-quality lessons for their students.