COUNCIL Chairman Phelim Mac Cafferty has warned that the city’s schools could be forced to cut staff due to insufficient government funding.
In a letter to new Education Secretary Kit Malthouse, Brighton and Hove City Council leader said next year’s money allocation “will seriously jeopardize the quality and delivery of education for children and young people in the city”.
Cllr Mac Cafferty has urged Mr Malthouse to “urgently reconsider” funding to “maintain and safeguard the education of the city’s children and young people”.
He said: “In order to balance their budgets in the longer term, I fear schools will have little choice but to downsize staff and reduce the quality of education offered to their students.”
The Department of Education has told the Council it will receive a 1.7 per cent increase per student over the next year, which the Council has described as “clearly insufficient”.
“Almost half of the city’s schools could become deficit”
Cllr Mac Cafferty told the Education Secretary that 14 schools in the city were in arrears at the start of the fiscal year in April and rising energy bills and rising prices could push another 16 schools into deficit this year.
He said: “That means around 30 schools, or nearly 50 percent of the city’s schools, will run a deficit in the current fiscal year. This is a totally untenable and untenable position.
“All councils will look at options to cope with changes in role numbers in their schools, but these funding pressures will far exceed any action councils can reasonably take to address the financial challenges.”
The letter comes as teacher leaders claim that the cost of living crisis is hurting children’s education.
The Secretary General of NASUWT, Dr. Patrick Roach said it “shouldn’t be left to schools and teachers to pick up the pieces of the cost of living crisis” after some teachers told the union they had to give students food and clothing.
dr Roach said: “At a time when many teachers are already financially strapped, they routinely dig deep into their own pockets to provide urgent help to their students.
“The responsibility should lie with ministers, not schools, to fight poverty and ensure families can send children to school ready and ready to learn.”
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