Cuts could mean schools close early two days a week, say teachers


Schools in England and Wales are considering closing early two days a week because they cannot afford enough teachers to cover the timetable, a union has said.

The warning came at the annual conference of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), where the education secretary, Justine Greening, was heckled by teachers over plans for more grammar schools.

Schools in some areas had floated the idea of going down to a four-day week, but Trobe said that would be illegal. The Department for Education has decreed that schools must meet for at least 380 sessions or 190 days during any school year to educate their pupils.

Trobe told the conference the National Audit Office had estimated that the impact of the extra cost pressures on schools over the duration of this parliament would mean an 8% increase in the cost of running a school. A report from the Institute of Fiscal Studies last week indicated that spending per pupil would drop by 6.5% by 2019-20.


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