ASCL has been campaigning for a long time for changes to the way that schools are funded in Wales. As long ago as 2005 we provided calculations that showed how schools in Wales were significantly worse off than schools in England (reckoned to be more than £400.00 per student). Since that time, the position has worsened, and we are now at a stage where we feel it accurate to describe the situation as “critical”. It is our view that unless fundamental changes are made, and significant additional funds committed to education, it will not be long before no secondary school in Wales is able to balance its budget and therefore unable to deliver the educational vision for the young people of Wales. In this response, therefore, we will seek to outline not just the problems as we understand them, but also to offer potential solutions.
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