Survey reveals how parents would like to see additional school money spent

Survey reveals how parents would like to see additional school money spent

Following the Government’s recent announcement that it intends to provide a £7.1 billion cash injection into the country’s schools, parents have been giving their views on how the extra money should be spent.

According to new research, 55 per cent of parents wanted to see extra cash for textbooks, laboratory equipment and technology. 39 per cent of respondents wanted additional funding to support SEND pupils while 26 per cent felt school maintenance deserved a greater share of the money.

The annual Parentkind survey also found that parents have increasing concerns about meeting the cost of uniforms, school dinners and trips.

Some respondents provided examples where they had been asked to provide their child’s schools with additional support, including requests for cash donations, providing basics such as toilet roll and even being asked to help with maintenance.

John Jolly, chief executive of Parentkind, said: “It’s interesting to see parents are embracing a wide set of priorities beyond academic attainment, calling for more investment in learning resources, child mental health and SEND services – particularly among those eligible for free school meals – and for improving buildings and maintenance.

“These are critical to a positive learning environment without which we are failing our children.”

Parents were also asked what measures their child’s school had introduced in order to balance the books.

22 per cent said they had been asked to make a financial contribution for school clubs which had previously been free, while 20 per cent said they were being asked to pay for events such as sports day or concerts.

Around one in six had received requests to supply teaching equipment, while 6 per cent had been asked to supply essentials, such as toilet rolls. A further 11 per cent had been asked to pitch in with maintenance activities, such as redecorating classrooms and cutting grass and hedgerows.

Survey reveals how parents would like to see additional school money spent