School jobs at risk amid funding cuts

School jobs at risk amid funding cuts

A BATLEY school is being forced to make cuts to its teaching staff because of funding struggles.

Batley Parish C of E Junior, Infant and Nursery School sent a letter to parents and carers last month stating that they would have to “complete a full-scale restructure of school staffing” in a bid to save money.

It is likely that a number of teaching assistants and supervisors will lose their jobs, while other members of staff face having their hours reduced.

Since 2015, schools in Batley and Spen have endured a real-terms funding shortfall of over £5m and MP Tracy Brabin has now written to Education Secretary Damian Hinds calling for an urgent meeting in Westminster with the school’s headteacher, Phil Sunter.

She said: “Batley Parish has been forced into making impossible choices to make ends meet after years of real-terms cuts to its budget.

“Now this is going to have a direct impact on teachers, support staff, children and their families.

“And this is not limited to Batley Parish. Almost every school I visit tells me that cuts are having a dramatic impact.

“I have raised this with the government on many occasions since I’ve been an MP, but they continue to bury their heads in the sand.

“That’s why I’m calling on the Education Secretary to meet with the school’s headteacher so he can hear first-hand exactly how dire the situation has now become.

“Our brilliant schools, teachers and staff who work incredibly hard for our children must have the resources and support needed to do their jobs.

“The government needs to face facts and address this funding crisis before any more damage is done.”

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