Cash crisis forces secondary schools in England to cut 15,000 staff

Feb 7, 2018 by

Teaching unions say £2.8bn real-terms drop in funding has driven schools to breaking point

Secondary schools in England have lost 15,000 teachers and teaching assistants in the last two years, resulting in bigger classes and less individual attention for pupils, according to teachers’ leaders.

Unions say the job cuts are the result of £2.8bn of real-terms funding cuts in schools, where budgets are described as being at “breaking point”. Many schools are facing deficits and more than half of the biggest multi-academy chains have issued warnings about funding.

Based on analysis of government figures, the unions say the 15,000 job losses equate to an average reduction of 5.5 members of teaching and support staff in every secondary since 2015.

Almost half of those are classroom teachers, who are being lost at a time when pupil numbers are growing, according to the School Cuts alliance of education unions. It says the situation is likely to deteriorate, estimating that nine in 10 primary and secondary schools (17,942 in total) will be affected by a real-terms cut in funding during 2015-19.

Some of the largest staffing cuts have been in areas with the lowest average funding per pupil, including Reading, the Isle of Wight, central Bedfordshire, the East Riding of Yorkshire, York, Derby and Milton Keynes.

At the same time, the number of pupils in England has risen by 4,500 as a population bulge begins to move from primary to secondary schools, the alliance says.

Source: Cash crisis forces secondary schools in England to cut 15,000 staff | Education | The Guardian

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