Survey finds that due to a shortage of school funding, 61 per cent of teachers paid for classroom resources

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5th October 2017 16:54 - Education

Survey finds that due to a shortage of school funding, 61 per cent of teachers paid for classroom resources

Survey finds that due to a shortage of school funding, 61 per cent of teachers paid for classroom resources: Conducted by the National Education Union, (formerly known as the National Union of Teachers and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers), the survey asked members how much they paid for school resources during the last school year.  

Out of 1,854 teachers and head teachers in England, 94 per cent said they had paid for classroom resources or equipment. 61 per cent of respondents said this was mainly due to an insufficient amount of school funding.

The following results revealed the amount of money teachers spent on classroom resources, during the last school year:

·       31 per cent spent between £51-100

·       26 per cent spent between £101-£500

In addition, 33 per cent claimed they had spent more on resources in the last year than previous years. The most popular resources purchased were:  

·       Stationery (73%)

·       Books (58%)

·       Art materials (43%)

Teachers also mentioned that they purchased classroom cleaning products, equipment for revision activities, as well as food for students who stayed behind to revise.

Recently, the Government has revealed its proposals for the new national funding formula for schools in England, and has stated that schools will receive an extra £1.3 billion.

Education Secretary, Justine Greening, said that schools will also receive a minimum of £3,500 per primary school pupil and £4,800 per secondary school pupil from 2019-2020.

Supporting the proposals, a Department for Education spokesman said: Standards are rising across our school system and our new fairer funding formula – backed up by £1.3bn extra funding for schools - will ensure we can build on that success.” 

However, joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, comments on the current state of school funding: This is making it hard for schools to manage without being subsidised by staff and parents. Parents should not be expected to pay for their children’s education or risk their children missing out on school trips or seeing them perform in school sports if they cannot afford to pay.”

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