School days ‘could be shortened’ to save money at seven schools

The BBC is reporting that pupils at seven schools could have shorter days after a trust head say he may have to cut hours to save money.

Dave Baker, of the Olympus Trust which operates near Bristol, said government cuts had left it at “crisis point”.

Parents described the funding problem as “diabolical”. A union said the idea was “terrible” but families deserved to know the truth about funding. 

In the letter Mr Baker warned parents of the “unthinkable” decisions the trust could be forced to make from September.

These include shortening the school day “because we cannot afford to staff lessons for the whole week”.

Other proposals are cutting teaching and support jobs within the schools, increasing class sizes and reducing the curriculum.

The letter also says parents may be asked to make regular financial contributions to supplement school funding.

More at: School days ‘could be shortened’ to save money at seven schools

The letter gives a list of  ‘unthinkables’ that the school is having to consider to reduce costs. However, it does suggest that by working closer with the other academies in the Trust they can save money by sharing services ~ Sophie

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