Unethical impact of education funding crisis on learners

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Motion #6
  • Executive Committee

THAT Conference notes with concern that low levels of funding for education are forcing many leaders to implement unethical changes in schools and colleges to the detriment of learners.

Examples of such changes affecting learners include management decisions being made that:

  • increase class sizes to the point where it becomes a health and safety issue
  • narrow the curriculum, eg through the removal of smaller group sizes, the adherence to Progress 8 requirements in schools or perceived local needs in colleges, thus potentially limiting career choices
  • create specialist teaching and support staff shortages as a result of redundancies caused by inadequate funding
  • create inappropriate workload for staff, affecting their health and leading to absence resulting in an impact on delivery to learners.

Conference therefore instructs the Executive Committee to put forward to the Joint Executive Council that the Joint Executive Council:

(i) ensure leaders and managers are reassured they will be appropriately supported by their union and are encouraged to speak out and challenge the funding barriers they face

(ii) work with the NGA to ensure governors understand how the impact of the funding crisis is forcing unethical decisions to be made

(iii) continue to highlight to Government examples where the interests of learners are being detrimentally affected due to ethical challenges faced by leaders and managers

(iv) seek media coverage to reiterate the message to parents that their children are being detrimentally affected by a lack of resources.