Headteacher becomes school’s caretaker and IT technician because he can’t afford to hire anyone

Iain Linsdell, headteacher of Poplar Street Primary School, in Tameside, Greater Manchester, told a summit meeting on Friday it had become a “sick joke” he knows more about his school’s drainage than he does about pupils’ progress. iNews reports.

“I couldn’t replace the technician because I simply can’t afford it anymore. I’ve also taken on some of the caretaker duties when our most recent caretaker retired,” he told TES afterwards. “It was more straightforward for me to support one of my cleaning staff in helping with the caretaking duties and take on some of those repair and maintenance jobs myself.”

He was speaking at the North West Education Summit, which was organised to give headteachers an opportunity to talk about funding pressures.

Clem Coady, the headteacher of Stoneraise School in Cumbria, said class sizes at his school were growing because of stretched budgets.

“My daughter is in a class of 34. I know she would receive a better education in a smaller class but, unfortunately, we simply cannot afford to do this.”

“Staffing costs now represent 95 per cent of my budget and I don’t know what we are going to do next.” Mr Coady, who has spoken to i previously about having to take on extra jobs at his school because of funding pressures, also revealed he is now doing maintenance work at the school.

A year nine pupil from a school in the North West described having to wait to make her GCSE choices while her school decided whether or not it would have the funds to run the courses.

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