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Head teachers warn 90% of schools will run out of money by next year

Head teachers warn nine out of 10 schools will run out of money by the next academic year and say they will need to cut teaching hours and staff

  • The National Association of Head Teachers penned open letter to warn Tory MPs 
  • It comes as headteachers warned of the consequences of spiralling energy costs
  • Money shortages could impact staff numbers, class sizes and school trips

Nine out of ten schools will have run out of money by the next school year due to the cost-of-living crisis, the National Association of Head Teachers is warning the Government.

In an open letter to Conservative MPs, 13 national education associations called for them to demand assurances from the leadership candidates that they would deliver on the party’s 2019 pledge to restore funding to 2010 levels.

The peak body for school leaders pointed to forecasts which currently predict a £2bn shortfall by 2024, calling the situation ‘desperate’, according to the BBC.

It came as early data from the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT)’s survey which was supplied to the Observer had 50% of school leaders saying their school would be in deficit this year.

NAHT general secretary Paul Whiteman (pictured) warns shortage in funds with result in teacher cuts

NAHT general secretary Paul Whiteman told the newspaper: ‘There are no easy fixes left. Schools are cut to the bone. This will mean cutting teaching hours, teaching assistants and teachers.’

Earlier this week Mr Whiteman told the Trades Union Congress (TUC) conference that he has ‘never heard more anger and despair’ from school leaders as NAHT held a national ballot for industrial action over pay for the first time, after only previously holding regional votes on the issue.

Mr Whiteman said headteachers have lost around 24% on the value of their salary since 2010, with education funding set to be 3% less in real terms in 2024/2025 than it was in 2010.

He added that insufficient pay has sent schools into ‘a vicious spiral’ of staff resignations, and warned that ‘heartbreaking cuts to services’ will have to be made.

He said that ‘spiralling energy bills’, inflation and lack of funding for teachers’ pay mean thousands of schools believe they are heading for a deficit.

‘Consequently, school leaders are being forced to make cuts that ultimately cannot help but negatively impact on the education and wellbeing of children,’ he said.

Mr Whiteman concluded that the ‘relentlessly reasonable professionals’ he represents feel they have ‘no choice’ but to move to a formal ballot.

‘It is no exaggeration to say that the future of education is on the line.’

Schools are facing reduced teaching hours and larger class sizes following a huge increase in costs

MailOnline previously reported teaching staff may be slashed, class sizes increased and school trips impacted amid energy price rises of 300 per cent. 

The potential moves come as schools and businesses are not covered by the energy cap which will rose to £3,549 a year for those on default tariffs in October.

The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) said ‘many’ schools are predicting that they will be plunged into deficit this year unless the Government steps in to help. 

Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), said: ‘It is likely that we will see cuts to curriculum options, larger class sizes, and reductions in extra-curriculars such as school trips and the number of teaching assistants.’

A Department for Education spokesman said: ‘To support schools we are increasing core funding by £4billion this year alone.’

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