The BBC is reporting that thousands of smaller primaries and secondaries in England are becoming financially unviable, heads say.
The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) says one-form entry primaries and secondaries with 600 pupils or fewer will “fall off a cliff” financially unless new funds are found.
The government says it has been protecting school budgets.
Independent experts say they face real-terms cuts of 8% to cover cost rises in pension, pay and national insurance.
The Institute of Fiscal Studies says having been insulated from real-terms cuts over the last Parliament, schools are likely to feel the pinch more over the current Parliament, with spending per pupil set to fall.
Malcolm Trobe, interim general secretary of the ASCL, told the BBC: “At some smaller schools, the funding will become such that they would not be able to support their teaching infrastructure.”
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