Council budget cuts are putting school improvement work at risk, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

The National Audit Office (NAO) has provided an adverse opinion on the truth and fairness of the Department for Education’s (DfE’s) financial statements.

The Department for Education (DfE) has published its long delayed reforms to the way funding is allocated to schools across England, which the DfE claims will ‘end the postcode lottery of school funding’.

Schools across England will need to find savings of £3 billion by 2019/2020 to counteract cumulative cost pressures, according to the National Audit Office (NAO).

The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has been awarded an additional £5 million to continue to improve the quality of further education and expand the availability of apprenticeships.

Teachers’ salaries are being ‘outstripped by inflation and pay rises in the private sector’, which is contributing to recruitment issues is the sector, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) has warned.

The government has announced a £12.1 million funding package to support the teaching of science in English schools.

Devon is reportedly facing a funding shortfall of £4.5 million in the ‘high needs’ education budget, which supports children with special needs, according to a report from the BBC.

Education Secretary Justine Greening has visited Blackpool as part of her ‘opportunity area’ tour.

Councils in England have paid out over £10 million in compensation claims related to asbestos in schools, figures show.

Teachers are demanding that the Bright Trust academy chain relinquishes control of Whitehaven academy due to concerns over financial mismanagement.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond has officially announced additional investment support the expansion of grammar schools.

Councils are calling on the government to reverse the proposed £600 million reduction to the Education Services Grant.

Head teachers in Oxford have warned that schools in the area could be forced to cut staff and drop subjects due to a lack of funding.

Neil Carmichael, chair of the Education Select Committee, has challenged the Department for Education (DfE) to improve the financial management of academies.


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