Headteacher trust in the DfE at all time low

Press Release – ‘Worth Less?’, January 2019

Headteacher Survey – The State of our Schools post the National Funding Formula 2019


‘Worth Less?’ has gained a unique insight into the state of England’s schools and academies since the introduction of the new National Funding Formula (NFF).   We represent over 60 Local Authorities and Boroughs with a reach to several million families.


Our survey of unprecedented size and scope has gained the views of 2000 serving headteachers working in the special, secondary and primary sectors.  Headteachers from Cumbria to Suffolk, through to Hampshire and Cornwall and most places in between have provided important quantitative and qualitative data on areas such as school funding, social care and our relationship with the Department for Education.


The headline statistics below provide a powerful update on the struggle that thousands of schools up and down the country are facing.  Headteachers have responded in massive numbers and this provides an unvarnished snapshot of life in England’s schools today:


  • 87% of headteachers say they have less money in real terms than last year (2017-18)
  • 72% of headteachers say that their school’s budget is more likely to go into deficit in 2019-20 compared to previous years
  • 94% of headteachers say their schools are now routinely delivering services previously provided by their Local Authority
  • 84% say capacity to meet SEND needs are much reduced
  • 80% say teachers are making personal financial contributions  to support pupils in their schools and the amounts are rising
  • 74% of primary school heads say parents contributions are important to supporting school budgets
  • 74% of secondary schools have reduced their curricular offer in KS4 and KS5
  • 2% of headteachers don’t have trust in what the DfE says about overall school budgets.


“In spite of prolonged rhetoric from the government, headteachers from schools and academies are stating unequivocally that their budgets remain in crisis and that our schools are now being asked to paper over the cracks left by other crucial support services that have been left denuded by cuts to Local Authorities and London Boroughs.


As well as providing core educational services, schools are now being forced to act as an auxiliary emergency service.  Far from being asked to do “more with less” as the Department for Education suggests, we are being asked to perform mission impossible.”  Jules White.


To see the survey in full please click on the link below.



Jules White – coordinator Worth Less?


St Peter's C of E Primary School

Moor Lane, Budleigh Salterton, Devon EX9 6QF

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