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managing reduced or stagnant budgets a priority for schools

9 December 2016

The Browne Jacobson and ASCL School Leaders Survey 2016 has found that more school leaders than ever before (95%) see managing a reduced or stagnant budget as a priority over the next 12 months.

Schools are increasingly having to look at ways to balance the books including cutting back on staff, increasing class sizes, formally collaborating with other schools to reduce central spends, scaling back curriculum offers and exploring new and innovative ways to generate income. Some schools are even looking at reducing the number of school hours or possibly even the school week to four days. It is troubling that the financial situation for many schools is getting so acute that they feel they may have no choice but to implement measures that could have an adverse effect on children’s education.

It is clear that the overall level of funding in the school system is not sufficient and the government need to tackle this sooner rather than later.

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