A £14 billion shortfall in any budget is certainly something to worry about unless of course you are talking about education. When politicians and civil servants are quizzed about the ongoing funding crisis blighting the education system the response to the problem is nothing more than a whisper before the issue is swept under the carpet until the next time they are quizzed about the unfortunate blip in a school’s financial records. It may be the British way to downplay a crisis and ride out the storm stoically, but schools need to see more action to try to resolve the issue. As Bernard Trafford explains, the effects of the huge funding gaps are wide-ranging and too important to ignore that it would be remiss not to shout about the lack of money in education that is preventing so many children from receiving the education they deserve: ‘…The Times reported that councils were “siphoning off” (I quote the term pejoratively while acknowledging that it’s done in desperation) £400 million of precious money from schools in order to fund special-needs support. Some 354,000 children have bespoke education and health care plans (EHCPs), the successor to statements of special educational needs. These require schools and local authorities to provide individually tailored support: for example, 15 hours per week of one-to-one, in-class support from a teaching assistant. All in the system would agree that such targeted aid is essential, if the child is to be able to gain access to the curriculum and thrive in mainstream school. Schools don’t always cover themselves in glory in this area. SEN training for teachers remains insufficient, to be sure. But, above all, there isn’t the money in the system. There’s growing evidence that even those legally required hours of support frequently aren’t provided. Attempting miracles with inadequate resources, headteachers are understandably resentful.‘ Dr Bernard Trafford is a writer, educationalist, musician and former independent school headteacher. https://www.tes.com/news/why-education-very-english-spot-bother What are your views about the issue?