Research provided by London Councils has revealed London head teachers are struggling with a funding crisis and are concerned this will affect the quality of education for pupils.
Talking Heads, a survey of nearly 400 London head teachers and senior school leaders compiled for London Councils by TES, The Education Company and Shift Learning, shows that increased costs due to escalating pressures has caused head teachers to make difficult decisions in order to balance school budgets.
The Talking Heads demonstrates the negative impact of insufficient funding on teacher and teaching assistant numbers, curriculum options, learning resources such as IT equipment and textbooks, and the upkeep of school buildings.
Additionally, in the next two years, two-thirds (65 per cent) of London secondary schools are planning to cut teacher numbers.
“The UK is on course to leave the European Union in 2019 and ensuring young people have the skills to succeed and contribute to the growth of the economy has never been more important.” Said Cllr Peter John OBE, Deputy Chair of London Councils and Executive member with responsibility for schools
“Head teachers fear that young Londoners will not be able to receive a top-quality education in the years ahead due to increased costs and inadequate funding for schools.”
By Eleanor Melhuish