This much I know about…basic budgeting

I have been a teacher for 26 years, a Headteacher for 11 years and, at the age of 50, this much I know about basic budgeting.

A fundamental truth about school budgets: If your costs rise but your income remains the same you have less spending power. There is one person in the whole country I need to understand this fundamental truth about school budgets, but I fear she doesn’t…(and her Shadow isn’t much better).

And as our costs continue to rise, our funding has fallen. Since 2010 we have had our capital budget cut by £349,000. I would love Nicky Morgan to visit the biggest school in York – which is one of the richest cities in the UK, which is the sixth biggest economy in the world – on a rainy day and see how many buckets we have to use to catch the water coming through our leaky ceilings.

Cunningham-in-Gary-2

BTW, the budget heading for Pupil Premium funding on our RM spreadsheet is still entitled Standards Fund…

About johntomsett

Headteacher in York. All views are my own.
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4 Responses to This much I know about…basic budgeting

  1. Kevin Moody says:

    Clear and to the point John . The reality is that so many schools will be setting deficit budgets over the next three years and beyond which will cost money ! Action now would stop this but instead we have obsession with structures rather than helping schools work on a daily basis

  2. Brian says:

    Agreed almost…..

    “There is one person in the whole country I need to understand this fundamental truth about school budgets, but I fear she doesn’t…(and her Shadow isn’t much better).”

    The issue for me is that they actually do understand. But then I think you are playing the devil’s advocate.

    Surely this is an issue of how much the majority of the UK population are willing to pay to educate other peoples kids. I feel that this perhaps is where we are seeing change, and with 5 years of 2015 conservative majority your spending power is only going one way. That’s what you get for teaching poor people’s kids.

  3. Good points as usual…on a flippant note maybe we need to use those buckets as begging bowls on dry days!

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