Sky News is reporting that hundreds of small, rural schools in England are under intense financial pressure and are concerned about the possibility of closure, according to new research.
The National Association of Headteachers (NAHT) estimates there are 3,475 small schools nationally with fewer than 150 pupils. Their findings suggest that about 1,460 are worried they could shut.
“It’s more difficult for small schools obviously because we’ve got a smaller number of children but we still need to put teachers in front of classes so without the classes being full it’s very difficult to be able to find that teacher,” said Emily Proffitt, headteacher of Tittensor First School in Staffordshire which has 76 pupils.
One parent said: “I know how difficult it is for teachers to afford even basic needs like pencils and paper and if it wasn’t for the help of the Parents, Teachers and Friends Association and all the fundraising we have to do now the children wouldn’t get that.”
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