The Government’s plans in terms of funding for schools is potentially catastrophic. Schools in London have been making savings over the last three years and the next tranche of savings can only be taking from front line services.
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As with many other schools, across our trust we have looked to make reductions in all ‘non-direct’ teaching services. This has led for example to a reduction in cleaners by a third, the removal of cover supervisors, a request for teachers to do cover and a reduction in admin staff across the trust. I am fortunate that the staff across the Trust understand that these reductions bring about increased workload for teachers and support staff, this however, does not make it acceptable. We only employ teachers and support staff that go above and beyond, this at the moment can mean a 60-hour week.
We have also had to narrow the curriculum and unfortunately it is the creative subjects that have been jeopardised. I do not support the idea of the Ebac but it is impossible to run small class sizes at key stage 4 which can mean that some option subjects, such as drama, can become marginalised. This is also unacceptable but part of the difficult decisions that school leaders across the country are having to make.
The hidden impacts of these cuts are also there. Teachers and leaders are under greater and greater strain to deliver outcomes with less resource, this is not healthy.
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