Safety in schools is becoming an increasingly popular talking point, especially with the recent increase in the number of stabbings in some of the UK’s major cities. However, it’s not just the threat of violence which is affecting school safety.
After suffering budget cuts over the past few years, schools have struggled to provide an exemplary level of service their students. Here, we’ll look at how increased funding could make our schools safer.
Helping to tackle problem behaviour
One of the key ways increased funding could help schools, is by tackling problem behaviour. The recent increase in knife crime is having an impact on schools, with more weapons being seized than ever before.
More funding would give schools the opportunity to hire more specialist staff to help with students who do display problematic behaviour. Understaffing is a major problem for a lot of schools across the country, simply because they don’t have the funds to cope with current demands. Similarly, if more funding was available, students with disabilities would also be able to have access to better learning opportunities.
Allowing the purchase of private vehicles
Another way additional funding would improve school safety, is by allowing them to purchase private vehicles. With extra cash available, they would be able to purchase private vehicles, such as accessible school minibuses from a company such as Allied Fleet.
Not only would this help to reduce the costs of taking students on school trips, but it would also help to provide transportation for more vulnerable students, such as those with disabilities.
Increased safety classes
If schools were to be given extra funding, they could also use it to provide safety classes to their students, such as swimming lessons. The government has already started to increase funding for swimming lessons, with £320 million planned to be spent on swimming lessons for primary schools.
They could also offer more before and after school clubs, helping to keep students safe while their parents work. It would also improve safety on school trips, enabling schools to enlist more help.
These are just some of the ways additional funding would help to improve safety in schools today. Although funding is beginning to increase, schools across the country are still struggling to get by on the tight budgets they’ve been provided with. Unless more funding is injected into schools over the next couple of years, the safety of our children is going to suffer.