'Ministers are not learning lessons from NHS cuts': Four education funding warnings issued by MPs today
A damning report by the Public Accounts Committee today warned the government does not understand the cost pressures facing schools. It has outlined four areas of concern:
1. The Department for Education needs to learn from the problems facing the NHS
The Public Accounts Committee wants the DfE to take note of the problems faced elsewhere in the public sector. For example, "unrealistic" NHS savings targets have created staffing gaps in hospitals, according to today's report on the financial sustainability of schools.
The report says: "We asked the [DfE] about the risks that schools could end up in a similar position to the NHS...We are concerned that the department does not seem to recognise the similarities and the opportunity to learn lessons."