Teachers want to encourage open-minded education funding and help fund the teaching profession with money for teachers, with a new Government policy making it easier for parents to fund their children’s education.
Teachers, parents and schools will be able to access an additional £1,000 per year for their children, and parents will be free to opt out of the payment, which will help keep their child in the classroom.
The change follows a change in the way funding is allocated across the country to help pay for children’s books and lessons.
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An increase in the amount of school books and learning materials, alongside an increase in teachers and other staff, means that the Government will be providing more resources for teachers and the profession in the next five years.
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This new funding will also help teachers to provide the best quality of education for pupils, and will enable them to deliver the most effective lessons.
The change to the funding scheme means the Government is able to fund an additional 1,000 lessons per year per teacher, and teachers can now opt out if they want.
The new funding for teaching will be introduced to school boards and councils in England in March 2018, and to individual school boards in March 2019.
Teachers and parents can apply for the extra funding, which is available to schools and councils, or parents and school governors.
Parents will be entitled to the additional £200 a year for children aged four and under, and the additional amount will be added to their existing school allowance.
“We are making this change to enable schools to ensure their pupils have access to the best possible education for the future,” said Education Minister Angela Rayner.
She said the additional funding will be used for the best teaching possible, and that it will help teachers improve the way they teach.
But some teachers, who were opposed to the previous funding scheme, said the extra money would be wasted on extra lessons and unnecessary staff hours.
“It’s going to cost money for the Government, but for the school system it will be good for the kids,” said Diane Allen, headteacher at St Andrews School in London.
In March 2018 the Government announced that all new school buildings would be funded by the extra cash, and in 2020 the government will be extending the extra funds to all new buildings.
Other changes will also be introduced in 2018, which include a move to school and school-related businesses to be exempt from the new teacher grant, and a move away from school days to be funded entirely by parents.
“I’m a bit concerned about the number of teachers being replaced,” said Mr Allen.
“Schools are being replaced by academies, which are being funded by taxpayers, which should be a good thing.”
The new teacher fund will be a great benefit to parents and teachers who are doing great work.
“However, it is a big leap backwards for teaching.”
In May 2018, the Government unveiled the new scheme which will be rolled out across the United Kingdom.
A further £3bn is planned to help fund school buildings over the next three years.