Sally Guyoncourt covers the Sutton Trust’s school funding and pupil premium survey in iNews.
More than two-thirds of secondary school heads have had to cut back on teachers as school budgets are squeezed, claims a social mobility campaign group.
A poll carried out by The Sutton Trust said 69 per cent of headteachers in secondary schools had reduced the number of teachers to balance books and 72 per cent of primary school heads had trimmed back teaching assistant numbers.
It claimed 41 per cent of primary and secondary schools had cut school trips and 55 per cent had culled spending on IT equipment.
Sir Peter Lampl, founder and executive chairman of the Sutton Trust, said: “Our new polling adds to the growing evidence that the squeeze on school budgets is having a detrimental effect.
“Of particular concern is that schools are having to use funding for poorer pupils to plug gaps in their finances.
“Many are having to get rid of teachers to close these funding gaps and endangering efforts to improve opportunities for poorer young people.”
It is calling on the Government to address funding issues in schools and begin the spending review as soon as possible.