Schools Are Making Significant Cuts As A Result Of Deficits, Survey Reveals: A recent survey by The National Association of Head Teachers has revealed that approximately 2 in 3 (64 per cent) school leaders in England are having to make notable cuts or access reserve funds, to cover deficits.
According to The National Association of Head Teachers, schools are to be put under strain by rising employer costs for national insurance and pensions for teachers.
The National Association of Head Teachers revealed that head teachers are being forced to scale back on costs associated with equipment, school maintenance and teaching assistants.
However, The Department for Education claimed that it was protecting the budget for schools.
During The National Association of Head Teachers’ research, the market researchers questioned 1,069 school headers (82 per cent of which were head teachers of primary schools).
The questionnaire discovered that 76 per cent of head teachers were dipping into the schools’ reserves and 64 per cent were scaling back on investing in new equipment. As well as this, 50 per cent said that they were reducing their maintenance budget and 49 per cent were trying to reduce the number of teaching assistants they employed. Despite this, 82 per cent said that budget cuts within their school would have a negative effect on standards.
The National Association of Head Teachers’ research also discovered that 45 per cent of head teachers felt that their budget would be unsustainable within two years.
The survey also discovered that two thirds (67 per cent) felt that they would not be able to balance the books within four years and 7 per cent said that they already had a deficit.
In October, the Institute for Fiscal Studies said that the average spend per pupil would be likely to decrease by 8 per cent by 2020. According to the Institute for Fiscal Studies, this would mark the first time since mid-1990s that school spending has decreased in real terms.
More than 90 Tory MPs composed a letter to ministers, demanding that they urgently rewrite the rules for funding English schools.
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