Funding ‘precipice’ warning as DfE picketed over school where third of teachers quit

The TES reports that Forest Hill School received £879,000 loan from Lewisham Council but union says 23 teachers have quit over funding. 

A school where a third of teachers have resigned over a £1.3 million staffing cut represents a grim warning for schools across England struggling with funding, a union has claimed. 

Today, striking teachers and parents will picket the Department for Education to demand emergency funding for the school, and more resources for schools in general.

Martin Powell-Davies, London NUT representative, said: “Essentially, Forest Hill is a concrete example of what is going to be facing all schools if additional funding is not put into school budgets nationally.

“Forest Hill is one of the first ones to fall into the precipice – into a situation where they go into a substantial deficit – but the reasons behind it are facing all schools in the country where the additional costs of the annual pay award and national insurance and pension contributions are not being met by the government.”

 

In a letter to parents last week, headteacher Mike Sullivan said: “I am confident we will be fully staffed for September, when our reorganised structure will take effect, heralding a new dawn for our school.”

Last November, Lewisham mayor Sir Steve Bullock approved an £879,000 loan, to be paid back over five years, to cover the first year of the school’s recovery plan.

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