Sky News reports that a special needs school will finish half an hour earlier to save money after it was hit by the Government’s funding cuts.
Selly Oak Trust School in Birmingham has written to parents telling them that the school day will be shortened from September as a money-saving exercise because of the cuts to education funding.
While it is understood to be the first school to take such drastic action because of the cuts, others have been writing to parents asking for regular cash contributions or money for books.
However, there are fears more may now follow.
In the letter, head teacher Chris Field said the school had already made “significant changes” but they had not been sufficient.
He wrote: “The school leadership team and governors have not taken this decision lightly. We also understand that this will have an impact on families.
“However, we believe that this change will ensure that we meet the savings demanded of us, without affecting the quality of our students’ education in a safe environment.”
A father of a child at the school tweeted: “Letter from son’s school: b/c of funding reductions, they’re cutting the school day by 30 mins. 2.5 hrs less education a week.”
Malcolm Trobe, interim general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said he had heard a number of head teachers have been thinking about reducing the number of lessons provided each week.
He said: “For example, if you would normally run 25, one-hour lessons a week, you may go down to 23, with a shorter Wednesday and a shorter Friday.”
He explained that many schools felt the cuts would have to come from the staffing budget.
He added: “Essentially they haven’t got enough teaching time to keep the whole whack going.”
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