According to The Telegraph, a survey carried out by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers has found that in addition to asking parents for donations, schools are taking all sorts of measures to raise funds in the face of budget cuts, with some hosting advertising on their sites, axing subjects and cutting or not replacing staff.
Mary Bousted, the ATL General Secretary, said the problem is set to get worse: “In two years’ time schools will have to make savings of more than £3 billion a year. Unless the government finds more money for schools and fast, today’s schoolchildren will have severely limited choices at school.”
The new National Funding Formula which is due to be released next year is another concerning factor for schools already struggling. MPs have asked the Department of Education to amend the formula, whilst the Commons Public Accounts Committee argued “the government does not seem to understand the pressures that schools are already under”.
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