'We can’t afford a caretaker or a SENCO' – survey lays bare funding challenges

School finance
“We can’t afford a caretaker or a SENCO” – primary school headteachers have laid bare the financial difficulties they are facing as one in four predict a deficit budget this year based on current funding levels.

A survey of more than 1,500 school leaders from across the country also finds that 35 per cent are expecting to make cuts this academic year in a bid to balance their budget.

Furthermore, 31 per cent said they had already been forced to make cuts to balance their budget for 2020/21. Examples given include:

One headteacher told researchers: “We have had nine members of support staff leave and have only replaced two.”

Another said: “As a headteacher in the last two years I have been a SENCO, school business manager, caretaker and headteacher as well as cover for the office and class.”

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