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Schools could lose funding equivalent to six teachers, report claims

Education secretary Justine Greening is under pressure on school funding Credit: PA

Secondary schools could lose the equivalent of six teachers as a result of severe funding cuts, a report claims today.

The average secondary in England is facing losses of almost £300,000, while primaries will lose out on tens of thousands of pounds, according to a new report by the Education Policy Institute (EPI).

The report will add to the pressure building around Education Secretary Justine Greening who is said to have been confronted by Tory MPs about the issue this week and was recently heckled by headteachers at their conference.

It warns that growing financial pressures will mean that all state schools across the country are likely to see real terms cuts to per pupil funding in the next few years, with half of primaries and secondaries facing reductions of between six per cent and 11 per cent by 2019/20.

The average primary school will see a real terms drop in funding of £74,000 between 2016/17 and 2019/20, while the average secondary is set to lose out on £291,000.

These drops equate to the loss of two teachers for a primary school and six teachers for a secondary, it calculates.

The figures take into account financial pressures such as increases in pension and national insurance contributions, as well as cuts to a major education grant, and the impact of the Government's plans to introduce a new national funding formula (NFF).

The report comes as headteachers in the region are becoming increasingly vocal about funding problems and risk of job losses among teaching staff.

Chris McAree, headteacher of Brampton’s William Howard School, is a north west council representative with the Association of School and College Leaders, recently warned that all schools are having their “finances squeezed”.

Over the last few years unfunded pay rises, changes to National Insurance and pension contributions for employers have all had significant impacts on the flat cash per student funding we receive.

With the abolition of the Education Services Grant from September, many schools are having to look again at staffing levels as they have made savings elsewhere over the last few years.

There is only so much that can be trimmed from other budgets.

– Headteacher Chris McAree