…The global budget would let schools trade funding for teachers for money they could then spend on other things.
It is one of seven possible changes under consideration…
…Principals Federation president Iain Taylor, who is one of those advising the government on the review, said the federation opposed the global budget proposal because it removed guarantees around the minimum number of teachers each school would have.
The schools will be able to decide for themselves how to spend the money. This proposal will give schools choice. They can choose to spend it on staff. They do not have to trade funding for teachers for money to spend on other things so why is Mr Taylor concerned?
I believe he is concerned that schools cannot handle the choice. I think he is concerned that they will blow their teachers’ salaries on sports equipment or something else not teacher related. It seems he wants the government to keep tight controls on schools to protect them from themselves. It appears his problem is not with the government or the policy but with his lack of faith in the Principals of the very schools that he represents. He may very well have a valid concern. After all state schools lack the financial managers that charter schools employ to manage their bulk funding. It is quite likely that many Principals are simply not up to the task.