This morning I had the pleasure of visiting a primary school in East Bristol, meeting children in the infant classes, who were learning about Remembrance Sunday and making poppies and medals. It’s always fun speaking to the children, but I also had a serious conversation with the Head about the continued pressures on school funding, including things like the Apprenticeship Levy, lack of money for Learning Support Assistants – who can be such a valuable addition to any classroom – and concerns over whether the next teachers pay rise will be funded.
The Chancellor announced in his Budget some money for schools to pay for “the little extras”. Teachers and governors rightly regard this as an insult, when mainstream school funding has been slashed. This article puts the case very powerfully.