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(UK) Teachers face funding cuts and students with "increasingly complex needs"

Jan 23, 2019, (London) New Statesman: Crumbling Britain: How English schools are paying the price for austerity— Faced with rising pupil numbers, increasingly complex needs and inherited social work from stricken councils, teachers feel profoundly neglected. https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/education/2019/01/crumbling-britain-how-english-schools-are-paying-price-austerity On a misty morning in Sittingbourne, Kent, seagulls waddled across a damp rugby pitch while some school pupils smoked, laughed and yelled to their friends. In this one area of Swale borough, where a strip of sea separates mainland Kent from the Isle of Sheppey, there are three schools within five minutes of each other: a boys’ grammar, a girls’ grammar and Fulston Manor, a comprehensive academy of 1,345 pupils. Last September, for the first time in 47 years, Fulston’s headmaster, Alan Brookes, attended a demonstration. He was one of more than a thousand head teachers who marched on Downing Street in protest against education spending cuts (last year the Institute for Fiscal Studies calculated that spending per pupil in English schools had fallen by 8 per cent since 2010)…. Over the last five years, Brookes says, his school has suffered “death by a thousand cuts”. Annual real-terms spending reductions are continuing and “showing no signs of abating”…. The average secondary school budget deficit in 2018 was £483,569, according to an Education Policy Institute report, while 87 per cent of head teachers told a survey by the campaign group Worth Less? this year that they have less money in real terms than in 2018. The DfE, however, maintains that every local authority has received more money per pupil since 2017, with core funding and top-up funding (allocated to “high needs” schools) due to reach record levels in 2019-20. Yet Brookes warned that such pronouncements lack “credibility”. Faced with rising pupil numbers, increasingly complex needs and inherited social work from austerity-stricken councils, teachers like him feel neglected. …