Schools warn of more cuts to come as budget pressures bite

Funding pressures are forcing schools to cut back on CPD, teaching staff, support staff, curriculum options, ICT, enrichment, maintenance and more in a bid to make ends meet – and there is more to come unless the government acts. Pete Henshaw takes a look

Around one-third of school business leaders have had to make up to £50,000 in cost savings during the past year, while a fifth have had to cut up to £100,000 from their school’s spending – and there is more to come.

A research survey published by the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) finds that almost one in 10 school business leaders have had to find more than £300,000 in savings from their budgets.

Overall, only three of the 238 school business leaders involved in the research said that they have not had to find cost savings in the past 12 months.

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