I agree with much of what you say but its not as simple as to say they are under funded. Firstly I would say the school's I know about (my wife's school, my kids school, another school I am involved with) are better than they ever have been in terms of the education the kids get. Funding is becoming a real issue but hasn't bitten yet as you describe. One of the big problem is that all schools get different amounts per pupil. One school in the borough that my kids have gone to get more than £1k per pupil more than my kids school. Also, the average the Newcastle school's get per pupil is higher than the average that South Tyneside school's get which, in turn, is higher than the average that Sunderland schools get. So, if your kids go to a Newcastle school the funding is not nearly such a problem. Interesting that the school that is shutting in South Tyneside due to its failure, South Shields School gets the most funding and is not an Academy. Additionally despite the poor funding the education the kids are getting is better with each year - the measures of Maths and English are getting better and better. The education my kids have received is light years ahead of what I got in the '70's and '80's. That said, my view, as a school governor, is that the funding problem in schools could be about to blow. So, I disagree with the doom and gloom you describe because my experience is that that is not the reality. However, unless addressed I think the scenarios you describe could develop if the funding problem is not addressed.