The Mirror reports that Tory cuts have “put the stability of the whole education system at risk,” according to one union boss, while some heads have resorted to begging parents for cash.
And more than 500 heads are so angry with the PM’s wilful destruction of schools they have written her an open letter demanding she scrap her £3billion cuts plan, fearing it will put the futures of millions of pupils in jeopardy.
National Association of Head Teachers leader Russell Hobby said the cuts “put the stability of the whole education system at risk”. He added: “We are hearing more and more stories of schools forced to ask parents for money.
“All schools are operating under unacceptable levels of financial pressure. This is a result of the Government’s choice to freeze spending. But the Government is flatly refusing to admit the reality. Until they do, all schools are at risk.”
The letter to Mrs May highlights her empty promise made on the steps of Downing of creating a “country that works for everyone”. It read: “That begins with our children. Yet schools are facing cuts of £3billion. This will have a massive impact on young people.”
Teachers last night lined up to tell horror stories of how Tory cuts are cripling their schools.
Sam Offord, who is a Manchester primary head, said: “I had to make five teachers redundant. We lost support staff and we are going to have to make considerable changes. It is the first time since I started teaching in 1989 that I have been involved in anything this drastic.”
Education ministers insist school spending is at record levels and will increase further.
But NAHT’s own research found 72% of heads fear their budgets will be untenable by 2019/20 and 18% are already in deficit
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