School funding crisis: Larger class sizes, reduced curriculum and deficit budgets

A majority of secondary schools say they will be forced to increase class sizes and reduce their curriculum offer due to the on-going funding crisis in education.
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Survey findings from the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) reveal that 68% of school leaders have increased class sizes already in the past 12 months – and 74% say they will rise over the next 12 months.

Schools in the survey say they are also preparing to reduce their curriculum offer, reduce subsidies for school trips, cut classroom resources, and cut pastoral support, among other cost-saving measures in the coming months.

The poll involved 749 school leaders, most of whom come from secondary schools across England.

It finds that 57% have cut the number of teachers and teaching assistants in the past year, with 61% planning further cuts to teachers this coming year (53% say they will be cutting teaching assistants further next year).

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