More than half of schools are planning to axe staff, research shows

The TES is reporting a new survey that suggests more than half of school leaders say they will be looking to cut staffing costs in the next year.

The survey results released today by the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) show that 55 per cent of headteachers expect to cut staff costs in the coming year.

The research also reveals that 36 per cent of heads are planning to reduce the overall size of their leadership teams over the next 12 months.

The survey of more than 1,300 school leaders, carried out by law firm Browne Jacobson, suggests that 61 per cent of heads will make cuts of between 2 and 5 per cent to their school workforce.

Brian Lightman, ASCL’s general secretary, said of the survey’s findings: “School leaders do everything in their power to minimise the impact on their pupils, but budget reductions on this scale inevitably mean cutting courses and increasing class sizes.

“We are particularly worried about the woefully inadequate level of funding for post-16 education which is having a significant and detrimental impact on school sixth forms and colleges. Education is an investment in the future of young people and the economy. We are failing to put enough money into that investment and without urgent action we will pay a long-term price…” 

Read more in this week’s TES.

More at: More than half of schools are planning to axe staff, research shows… and further cuts are on the way


See more on this directly from the ASCL or read/download the survey report in full:

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This report makes yet more fairly grim reading with the majority of heads saying they expect to cut staff at a time when we have an ever-increasing students population.

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  1. A OSullivan

    The burning question is how much longer the education budget can remain protected from the kind of cutbacks that are continuing to be executed within other Government departments. Given the size of the deficit caused primarily by excessive borrowing, continued protection remains non-sustainable.

  2. peterabarnard

    SchoolsImprove Hey, this is the way the system deals with teacher shortages. Sack ’em, pack ’em high (kids), re-employ ’em. Simple loop!

  3. TW

    A OSullivan  Really?  So what’s your explanation for Osborne having created more new debt than every Labour government in history combined?

  4. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Surely this would suggest to MPs that maintaining current funding isn’t enough; they will predictably miss that message

  5. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove How can education improve as class sizes rise and stress on teachers increases? It can’t, that’s the long and short of it

  6. acet2001

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove Tories don’t care. They want state ed to fail. Then it can be privatised. They will continue to use Eton etc.

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