Schools see budget cuts

More than half the schools in England are facing cuts to their budgets, a survey of heads and deputies suggests.

The poll, of 1,177 school and college leaders, also suggests nearly nine out of 10 are seeing reduced support from local authorities.

The report, by school support organisation the Key, also suggests posts will go in nearly half the schools facing cuts.

Secondary schools seem to be feeling the pinch the most, with nearly two-thirds reporting budget cuts, compared with 44% of primaries.

Of the schools that were losing money, 53% say their school intends to spend less on building maintenance and 49% will cut spending on ICT equipment.

Others say subsidised clubs, such as music classes and Chinese and Urdu lessons, will be cut to save resources for core subjects.

Six out of 10 head and deputies surveyed say they plan to compensate for losses in support service by asking school staff to take on more tasks.

Source: BBC News
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