Schools to cut staff in budget squeeze, union says
Education: Secondary / Tue 8th Nov 2022 am30 08:09am
MANY schools in England are considering cutting teachers or teaching hours to save money, says the head teachers’ union, NAHT.
Of the 11,000 respondents to NAHT’s snapshot survey, 66% said they will have to make teaching assistants redundant or cut their hours. Half say they could do the same for teachers reports the BBC.
School funding is increasing, but costs such as pay and energy are rising fast.
The government said it had increased school funding by £4bn this year.
Ahead of the government’s Autumn Statement next week, which is expected to bring widespread public funding cuts, the NAHT asked heads and other senior school staff about managing their budgets.
The 11,000 responses give a good overview of the decisions they are making this school year.
More than half of those who replied (54%) said they would not be able to balance their budgets unless they make spending cuts.
Many also warned they would have to reduce support for children, such as counselling for mental health issues, or extra help for individual pupils.
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Last month we had World Mental Health day and now we read "they would have to reduce support for children, such as counselling for mental health issues" which is just astonishing. Tackling mental health issues at a young age can prevent a lifetime of difficulties. Counselling may expose issues such as bullying and domestic violence, especially when it is well known that economic crises increase family tensions. Time to tell the Tories that hampering child development is not the answer to saving money.