Head cuts lessons to save jobs
A BIRMINGHAM head teacher who has cut lessons for an afternoon a week to avoid staff losses fears she could be forced to reduce the timetable further.
Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson, head of Anderton Park Primary School in Sparkhill, said Government cuts meant pupils were no longer with their teachers on Wednesday afternoons.
It frees up time for teachers to complete legally binding preparation, planning and assessment. But it means children are missing out on PE, music and religious education lessons and parents also need to collect them an hour earlier.
Ms Hewitt-Clarkson said: “We are slowly sinking. It is constant tweaking and shaving… to see if it works. I am constantly worrying about what I will have to do next year if there are further cuts.”
She has already had to let staff go, cut back on sports coaching and stopped the school orchestra in order to balance her books.
Despite Government claims it is spending more than ever on schools, in reality there has been an eight per cent cut in budgets since 2010, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).