Staff cri­sis to bite soon, heads warn

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - NEWS - BY JA­SON BEATTIE Head of Pol­i­tics

SCHOOLS are “on the brink of a catas­tro­phe” after years of Tory cuts, say head teach­ers.

A dossier by seven Birm­ing­ham pri­maries said they would have to “cut es­sen­tial ser­vices” mean­ing larger class sizes, and fewer teach­ing as­sis­tants and sup­port staff.

Michelle Gay, of Os­borne Pri­mary in Erd­ing­ton, said: “Un­less there is ad­di­tional fund­ing we can­not sus­tain the staffing rate.”

Ms Gay said schools min­is­ter Nick Gibb had told them “there is no money left”.

Labour’s Jack Dromey, the lo­cal MP, said: “This is the first gen­er­a­tion since the War with worse prospects than their mums and dads. That can­not be right.”

PROSPECTS Jack Dromey

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