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Schools across the West could lose millions from their budgets

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There are warnings that schools across the West could lose millions of pounds from their budgets.

This comes as a result of changes to the way the government will fund them.

Jamie Barry, Head Teacher of Parson Street Primary School, has told ITV News he faces a cut of £250,000. He says that is the equivalent of losing 7 teachers.

Jamie Barry, Head Teacher of Parson Street Primary School Credit: ITV News

Jamie said, "My worry is that by forcing these cuts through, the impact that they will have on schools will mean that we end up with a generation of people who disengaged with what's going on in their country because they don't feel that they have been invested in."

Parson Street Primary School, which serves the Bedminster area of Bristol, is facing a 14% cut by 2019. That would leave each pupil £612 worse off.

Pupils at Parson Street Primary School Credit: ITV News

It is not only staff under threat by the cuts but also the length of the school week.

For example, ending the school day at lunchtime on a Friday would allow teachers time to plan the following week's work

This would avoid the added expense of colleagues having to cover lesson time.

Parson Street Primary Shcool Credit: ITV News

The cuts may impact specialist provision at schools where experts work one on one with children needing extra support.

Linda Bennett and Rachel McMurray both work at the primary school and have decades of experience between them.

Rachel said, "I'm working one to one with children. When schools are tight for budget that is going to be seen as a luxury, where in fact surely getting children started with their reading is essential."

Linda Bennett and Rachel McMurray Credit: ITV News

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