The chair of the education select committee has called for a “long-term, ten-year plan” to help cash-strapped schools.
Conservative MP Robert Halfon told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer that schools could no longer survive on short-term “elastoplast funding” from the government.
His warning comes as a Times investigation found state schools were asking parents to donate thousands of pounds to pay for basic needs such as supplies, salaries and essential building repairs.
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Mr Halfon said: “A good education is transformative because it helps disadvantaged children, gives every young person the chance to climb the job ladder to get job security and prosperity, and actually there’s a huge cost benefit to the economy because pupils end up getting good jobs and apprenticeships.
“What I’m arguing and my committee is arguing is if the NHS can get a ten-year, long-term plan both in terms of an extra £20bn funding and a clear strategy, why on earth can’t education, the most important public service you can have?
“Schools currently get their budget year-to-year. That is a crazy way of running things.”
Head teachers are not ‘marching Corbyinstas’
Head teachers protesting education funding in London last year.
Last September, hundreds of head teachers marched on Downing Street to highlight the fact that, according to the Institute of Fiscal Studies, per-pupil funding had fallen by eight per cent since 2010.
Mr Halfon warned the government to pay attention to “incredible” head teachers struggling to keep their schools open.
He added: “These are not marching Corbynistas or Momentum members. These are real people wading through a teacle of difficulties day after day but somehow managing to keep schools afloat."