Schools ‘at breaking point’ over funding

Funding campaigners have warned that schools are at breaking point after three in four primaries that took part in a survey in one district said they were worried about balancing their budget. Tes reports.

Calderdale Against School Cuts (CASC) conducted an anonymous survey of 43 primary schools that attended a meeting of the Calderdale Primary Headteachers’ Association.

Survey organisers said the group of schools in the Yorkshire district included a balance of academies and non-academies, and it received 38 responses.

The survey found that:

  • 76 per cent of the schools had concerns regarding balancing their school budget over the next three years.
  • 45 per cent had made or intended to make staff redundant due to budget cuts.
  • 34 per cent of schools had made reductions to teaching staff.
  • 60 per cent had made reductions to support staff.
  • 68 per cent reported delaying or reducing expenditure on maintenance, shelving essential repairs.

Sue McMahon from CASC said: “This survey is a wake-up call for those that deny we have a funding crisis. What we are seeing here is being replicated throughout the country.

“The lack of government funding is shortchanging a generation of children. It’s time to put pupils before politics.”

The Calderdale survey also found that schools had been forced to reduce expenditure on SEND, support and specialist services, extracurricular activities, school visits and continuing professional development for staff.

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