Richard Adams covers the Sutton Trust’s school funding and pupil premium survey in the Guardian.
School budget cuts are “endangering” efforts to improve education for poor pupils, according to a survey that found two-thirds of headteachers say they have cut staff to make ends meet.
The survey of 1,700 teachers and school leaders in England, published by the Sutton Trust educational charity, found that two out of every three secondary school heads said they had cut teacher numbers to save money, while primary school heads said they had also axed teaching assistant posts.
The survey conducted by the National Foundation for Education Research also found that many schools were using pupil premium funds to avoid deficits rather than their intended purpose of helping disadvantaged pupils.
“Our new polling adds to the growing evidence that the squeeze on school budgets is having a detrimental effect,” said Sir Peter Lampl, the Sutton Trust’s executive chair.
“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.”