The latest issue of our magazine, CASEnotes # 64 illustrates how individual schools, of all sorts, are being engulfed in a “perfect storm”. Why? Because the government is:
Turning local authorities into powerless bodies held responsible by voters for meeting the needs of families and safeguarding children’s welfare but prevented from opening new schools or improving existing ones.
Using reduced funding to force schools – “free” or otherwise – into remotely-run “multi-academy trusts” (MATs) in which governors are powerless and headteachers are downgraded.
Claiming that school funding is sufficient when increased costs of staff pensions, national insurance etc mean a cut in the number of staff schools can afford.
Wasting £320 million on increasing the number of grammar schools, despite the small number of children they might serve.
CASE has published these briefings arguing our case.