The number of Government-run secondary schools in England falling into deficit has almost trebled in the last four years to more than a quarter.

And here in the East Midlands, schools are also facing funding issues with 28% of state schools in deficit last year, with the highest number being 34.9% in the South West.

These figures are from a report published by the Education Policy Institute and come as concerns on budgets continue to increase.

The study also found a significant increase in the number of primary schools in deficit, with the proportion increasing to 7.1% from 4% the previous year.

“Schools are going to be facing the prospect of making teachers redundant because of these cuts.”
Liam Conway, Nottinghamshire National Education Union, Vice President

Vice President of the Nottinghamshire National Education Union, Liam Conway said, “It’s obviously going to effect the whole country and the East Midlands will not be exempt from it, what the government is not taking into account is the significant rise in pupil numbers.”

He also added that, “We’re already getting redundancy notices telling us that schools are planning them and it’s very early for that at the moment. Schools are going to be facing the prospect of making teachers redundant because of these cuts.”

“Last year over 60% of schools actually spent more money than they had coming in.”
John Andrews, Deputy Head of Research at the Education Policy Institute.

Video: Data courtesy of the Education Policy Institute. Liam Conway speaks about the recent statistics. 

Jon Andrews, Deputy Head of Research at the Education Policy Institute, said “We’ve looked at the schools income and expenditure, and what we find is that last year over 60% of schools actually spent more money than they had coming in.”

The report only shows data from local authority schools because it’s publicly available. But the results exclude academies, which make up around 60% of secondaries and 20% of primaries in England.

  • The South West has the highest number secondary schools in deficit, 34.9%
  • The East had the lowest number of secondary schools in deficit, 17.5%
  • The North East had the highest number of primary schools in deficit, 10.1%
  • Over two-thirds of local authority secondary schools spent over their budget
  • 60% of local authority primary schools spent over their budget.