Education Secretary Nicky Wagner has unveiled a plan to cut $1bn off the cost of running schools.
Education Minister Simon Birmingham has also announced the launch of a national network of schools.
Key points:The Government has unveiled an ambitious plan to slash the cost to run schools, but critics say it’s too smallEducation Secretary Nickymus Birmingham says it’s “not enough” to tackle the nation’s education crisis Labour has warned of a “culture of complacency” as the Government tries to meet a shortfall in funding for schools.
The Government is announcing a series of cuts across the country, with the biggest move to schools expected to hit primary and secondary schools.
Ms Birmingham said schools across the nation would be “determined to change”.
“We are taking action because we know we are in a crisis of funding, and we know our school system is not fit for purpose,” she said.
“We want to make sure our schools are fit for the future and that they can deliver a world class education.”
Ms Birmingham outlined the Government’s proposed cuts for schools in the 2017-18 Budget, including:$3.8 billion from the primary school sector, which includes all children in primary schools in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Northern Ireland combined, up from $3.4 billion in 2016-17The Government also plans to cut the total cost of the schools to $3 billion, from $4.4 million in 2017-19.
The Education Secretary said the Government wanted to reduce the cost for the primary and specialised education sectors to $1.7 billion in 2017, which would be funded by closing a number of schools to save money.
“The funding for primary and specialist education is already being reduced and our Government is working with schools to reduce costs and reduce the amount of time that pupils spend in their schools,” Ms Birmingham said.
“The Government believes that a truly effective and affordable public education system is one that works for everyone, that is why we are delivering a National School Plan to ensure that all children get the quality education they need.”
This plan builds on our success in funding schools across England, delivering the National School Alliance, which aims to increase funding by £100 million over the next four years, and is the largest savings in schools funding since 2010.
“Our Government is also delivering an education system that is truly aligned to the needs of our communities, and a Government that is working to address the issue of the disproportionate number of disadvantaged children in our schools.”
The Government plans to close schools that are no longer fit for use by 2021, including the National Centre for Educational Research, the National Education Research Centre and the National Council for Adolescent and Child Health.
Ms Moore said the National Schools Plan would provide for a further $1 billion in funding over four years to ensure schools remain fit for children to learn and grow.
“That will be provided through a number, but it is not enough to address our country’s education and development challenges,” she added.
The National Schools Alliance will include schools in Canterbury, South Auckland, the South Island, Wairarapa, Canterbury and the Hunter Valley.