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Schools are at breaking point as funding is not keeping up with the expenditure schools face. The government’s funding commitment for schools is not adequate and equates to a real-terms cut in education spending. The situation is critical for schools, so NAHT is campaigning to:

Lobby the government to provide sufficient funding for the education of all pupils 


  • Support the School Cuts campaign
  • Lobby for provision of accessible and available health, social care and other therapeutic services to support pupils' educational progress and attainment
  • Lobby for sufficient funding for the High Needs block
  • Lobby for sufficient funding to support pupils with SEND in all mainstream schools
  • Lobby for more funding for early years education; including specific funding to stabilise and protect the maintained nursery school sector
  • Support the Raise the Rate campaign to ensure sufficient funding for students in sixth form / FE / KS5 education
  • Maximise the funding for pupil premium for schools through auto enrolment
  • Press the government to provide appropriate support to schools for financial planning and resource management
  • Develop a better understanding of the unique challenges facing small schools and lobby the government to ensure their long-term sustainability
  • Lobby government to introduce the hard funding formula

Lobby to ensure that schools have sufficient funds to provide a safe environment for pupils and staff

  • Press for the phased removal of asbestos from the school estate
  • Lobby the DfE to secure sufficient capital funding and restoration of the school estate where required
  • Press the government to ensure that health and safety regulations maintain the highest standard of safety within schools
  • Lobby the DfE to support members to effectively manage the school estate

Update on maintained nursery school funding

Following ongoing pressure from the sector and organisations such as NAHT, in April 2021 the government finally confirmed supplementary funding allocations for the financial year 2021-22.

Previously the Department for Education (DfE) had said that maintained nursery school (MNS) supplementary funding allocations for September 2021 to March 2022 were conditional and might be subject to change, so local authorities should have treated them as unconfirmed. The government has now announced that these allocations are confirmed, and no longer 'conditional'. 

The government has confirmed that MNS supplementary funding allocations for the full financial year 2021/22 should therefore be treated in the same way as the rest of the allocations for the early years block. They are indicative and will be updated to take account of actual attendance, in the same way as the other entitlements. That is the only adjustment that will be made to these figures.

This announcement is long overdue, and yet there remain many issues still to be resolved. NAHT will continue to put pressure on the government to confirm supplementary funding for the summer term of the 2021/22 academic year, and also to finally propose a proper long-term funding solution that ensures the long-term sustainability of maintained nursery schools.

First published 27 April 2021