Local schools face staff cuts

In what is fast becoming a local and indeed national scandal, Headteachers across our area are being driven to write to parents alerting them to the state of school funding.

Nigel Quinton with copies of letters from three local headteachers

We have seen letters from at least four of our local secondary schools pointing out that they simply won't be able to continue to offer the level of support for pupils that they would like.

They report a 35-45% cut per pupil since 2012, despite costs rising due to unwanted changes in the courses for GCSE and A-levels forced on them by Mr Gove.

There is no doubt that, unless the Government increases funding, schools will face no choice but to reduce staff, and to increase class sizes - at a time when we all know we face a skills crisis in this country.

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