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Revealed: Budgets for every Northern Ireland school as they're warned of 'difficult decisions ahead' - how much did your school get in 2018-19?

Jonathan Bell

By Jonathan Bell

Northern Ireland schools have been told they will have no extra money to cope with growing pressures and should not assume anymore will come later in the year.

The uncompromising message was sent out to schools from the Department of Education. Last week's budget announcement saw the Department of Education receive close to £2billion matching the money it received in the past financial year.

In the past year schools have faced strike action from staff calling for pay increases and hundreds of schools have warned they will exceed their budget.

Read the full letter here: Education chief's letter to Northern Ireland schools on 2018-19 budget [full text] 

The Department of Education finance director Gary Fair, in a letter to schools laying out their budget for the forthcoming year, warned "difficult decisions will have to be made".

Mr Fair said it was not possible for the department to ease the additional pressures facing schools with more cash and they should not assume more money is to come.

"It is important that firm financial management and budgetary discretion is applied and that you take immediate action to review your school’s budget position, to enable difficult decisions to be taken now to ensure that you live within your allocation for 2018-19," he wrote.

"While responsibility for agreeing a financial plan rests first and foremost with the board of governors in each school, it is important that, following their robust review and challenge, any outstanding concerns are immediately brought to the attention of the Education Authority to ensure that necessary actions are taken.

"I fully appreciate the difficulties that this budget outcome will mean for schools and I do not underestimate the challenges ahead."

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