School Funding Cuts: Stories from the Chalk-Face

When I started my PhD research into teachers’ working conditions, I knew that budgets for England’s schools were shrinking. I had observed this through my own experiences as a classroom teacher. By 2016, the year I left the profession, the heady days of pens and paper for all were over. I accepted that pupils shared core texts, I bought my own board pens, lined paper was a pipe-dream, student counselling hours were sparse, and many other professional services were out of budget. What I did not know was the reach of the problem, nor had I anticipated that it would escalate into a national funding crisis.

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