Head cuts lessons to save jobs

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

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).

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