The Chancellor’s announcement that schools are to receive an extra £2.6 billion next year – and the unveiling of a three-year plan to boost school funding by £7.1 billion by 2022-23 – is, on the surface at least, a welcome development.
The debate on central government funding for education is going to rumble on – but an issue which also needs to be addressed in the 2019-20 academic year (and one that schools can effect) is fundraising.
Cast our minds back to last Autumn, and Parentkind’s annual parent survey which found that…
a) 43% of parents have been asked to give money to a school fund, with many routinely making voluntary donations of up to £30 every month; and
b) the average monthly amount being donated increased from a reported £8.90 in 2017 to £11.35 in 2018.