"It is also vitally important to be transparent with parents and families and make it clear just how bad matters are. "It is entirely irresponsible, therefore, for the DfE to suggest that schools in your constituencies can find further 'efficiencies' when they have been low.
School leaders have been left frustrated by the lack of meaningful help from the powers that be. The promise of a fairer National Funding Formula has been overshadowed by increasing costs - meaning they will be even worse off than before - while the introduction.
The key feature of our strategic work is frequently underscored by a sense of 'damage limitation'. To make matters worse, we are also confronted by a chronic shortage of teachers in virtually every subject area.
An online questionnaire is available for those wishing to take part - though parents keen to do so have complained that it is too technical for those outside the education profession. The survey can be found at.
We refer to the following examples: The loss of 384 million that was originally earmarked for a now aborted mass academisation programme. 150 million earmarked for the expansion of grammar schools over the next 3 years.
The independent Institute for Fiscal Studies has suggested that, in real terms, per pupil funding will decrease by 6.5 by 2019. Decisions being made by headteachers are no longer being driven solely by what is best for students and their families.
As responsible professionals we all recognise that we are in challenging financial times and that schools must live within reasonable means. Difficult financial circumstances should not, however, be used as an excuse to short change our most important stakeholders - the children in our schools.