Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru | National Assembly for Wales

Y Pwyllgor Plant, Pobl Ifanc ac Addysg | Children, Young People and Education Committee

Cyllido Ysgolion yng Nghymru | School Funding in Wales

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Ymateb gan: Unigolyn
Response from: Individual


Area of Focus


The sufficiency of provision for school budgets, in the context of other public service budgets and available resources;


Appreciate LA states Education is a priority but the increasing year on year cuts to education (who are responsible for our future workforce and communities) have strained even the most creative of schools to such a degree that standards are slipping. Large class sizes, mixed age classes, high pupil:staff, additional teaching and learning aspects ceased as statutory are given priority

The extent to which the level of provision for school budgets complements or inhibits delivery of the Welsh Government’s policy objectives;

New curriculum reform is welcomed but reduction in budgets has meant schools cannot successfully embrace policy as don’t have the staff or resources, including training

The relationship, balance and transparency between various sources of schools’ funding, including core budgets and hypothecated funding;

Needs honest transparency

The local government funding formula and the weighting given to education and school budgets specifically within the Local Government Settlement;

This varies between authorities and consortia.

Welsh Government oversight of how Local Authorities set individual schools’ budgets including, for example, the weighting given to factors such as age profile of pupils, deprivation, language of provision, number of pupils with Additional Learning Needs and pre-compulsory age provision;

Transparency and equality required

Progress and developments since previous Assembly Committees’ reviews (for example those of the Enterprise and Learning Committee in the Third Assembly); and

Do not know of this

The availability and use of comparisons between education funding and school budgets in Wales and other UK nations.

Needs transparency