New figures reveal a funding blackhole of more than £1 billion in Tories’ plan for forced academisation - Lucy Powell
Analysis of new figures published in an answer to a Parliamentary Question reveal that the Tories’ plans to force every school to become an academy could come at a cost of £1.3 billion – yet just £140 million was allocated for these plans in the recent budget, leaving a funding shortfall of more than £1.1 billion.
New figures also reveal that the average time taken for a maintained school to convert to become an academy is 7 months, meaning that for two-thirds of the school year, school leaders and teachers could be spending time, money and energy on the Tories’ unfounded obsession with academisation, instead of raising standards.
Lucy Powell MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, said:
“Schools are facing huge challenges over this parliament, including falling budgets for the first time since the mid-1990s which will mean fewer teachers and teaching assistants. This costly reorganisation of our schools, is an unnecessary and unfounded distraction, which could harm standards in our schools.
“These new figures show the real cost of this re-organisation and leads me to ask the question, yet again, why? Schools don’t need this and parents, communities, teachers and school leaders don’t want it and now we find that it’s going to cost over £1 billion, money which could be better spent driving up standards.”