For my October blog, I would like to raise the subject of school funding which remains high on our agenda. We are working with our local politicians and contributing to national campaigns to try to ensure the government listens and responds appropriately to the funding crisis facing schools in some parts of the country. Thousands of headteachers across England are warning that there is simply not enough money in the system to fund schools properly. The government’s new National Funding Formula (NFF) falls a long way short and still means children face an unfair “postcode lottery” when it comes to the resources provided for their education.
The proposed NFF, which is designed to iron out historic disparities in funding, will do little to solve the funding crisis affecting many schools.
I would like to bring to your attention that even with a proposed new formula and £1.3 billion in additional funding, schools in very similar socioeconomic areas will continue to have entirely different levels of funding. This can often produce differences of millions of pounds across the secondary sector. An average sized secondary school in Birmingham will receive £1 million more funding per year than one in Worcestershire even under the new proposed funding model.
Despite these challenges, Wolverley continues to grow and be more successful year on year. I am hugely proud of the efforts of students and staff here at Wolverley as they achieve far better than many schools who can afford to spend more money on teachers and resources.