Thousands of smaller schools ‘financially not viable’

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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  1. Nairb1

    And the DfE response? Well, surprise surprise, they wheel out the civil servant with responsibility for going ‘La,la, la. We’re not listening. We’ll just keep saying it’s all fine.’
    In reality they know this is a growing problem, but do nothing and schools will need to merge. For example this could be as part of a big multi-academy trust where huge amounts of public money could be siphoned off into private hands. Much more profitable.

  2. idontbelieveit

    This is nothing new. Councils have been trying to increase the size of smaller schools knowing the problem with financial viability. In many cases these ‘small’ schools are Free Schools which are have proportionally less pupils compared with their maintained counter part. As Ollie said to Stan ‘Another fine mess you have gotten us into.’!

  3. Nairb1

    The definition of ‘smaller schools’ is interesting … under 600 pupils. In the LA where I live, a big county, that is every primary, infant and junior school but one.

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