How are the budget cuts affecting you?

(12 Posts)
rollonthesummer Fri 17-Mar-17 21:12:56

budget

Depressing reading.

We are losing one full time teacher and will be having massive classes. All cover will be done by teaching assistants-no supply teachers will be used and the Senco is leaving, with the role is being advertised as cut to just 1 day a week. The deputy will be going back in class full time as well.

Things are going to be a bit crap!

Emphasise Fri 17-Mar-17 21:16:18

No cpd budget at all. Building likely to fall down around our ears, no intervention groups.

elephantoverthehill Fri 17-Mar-17 21:20:52

My subject is in the second tranche of the new GCSEs, so we start the new specification in September, no money for any training. This is not just in my subject but all subjects, including those already started. Members of staff who have resigned are not being replaced. Class sizes went up to between 28 and 32 this year, including practical subjects.

Beautifullymixed Fri 17-Mar-17 21:26:54

TA here. We have just lost the equivalent of seven teachers in my inner London primary school. We already cover with TAs, do not replace any staff leaving etc, and are run off our feet.
We do not know the full extent of the cuts yet, but have been warned there will be redundancies....sad

rollonthesummer Fri 17-Mar-17 21:32:46

We have just lost the equivalent of seven teachers in my inner London primary school

Were they all full time class teachers? shock. Who is taking those 7 classes now?

leccybill Fri 17-Mar-17 22:51:15

DD's school has a non-uniform day once a week now, with a £1 donation each week to 'school funds'.

Lowdoorinthewal1 Sat 18-Mar-17 11:39:20

Inner London school have traditionally been so well funded they could afford lots of 'extra' specialist staff. That is one of the reasons they have been so high achieving.

My school (city in the West country) currently has 3 part time intervention teachers and SLT all have two day a week out of class covered by a teacher. I wonder how long all of that will last.

Beautifullymixed Sat 18-Mar-17 12:07:43

OP, we have just found out that the budget cuts are equivalent to the costs of seven teachers salaries.
Obviously, the school need teachers, so......I guess it is a case of who they can do without! sad
We will know the decisions made later on in the year. It seems it won't be us TAs waiting to find out what year group/teacher you are working with as usual, but if your hours have been cut, or, if indeed you still have a job. sad

bandere Sun 19-Mar-17 10:24:13

I'm a a large London primary school. TAs who leave won't be replaced.
Most cover/ sickness is now covered by TAs (those that are prepared to do it after our extra money for acting up was cut). Plans to phase out teachers who work with smaller groups of underachieving children. Bare minimum of resources. No plans for head and his 4 assistant/deputies to go back into class. I'm a TA and suspect me and my fellow TAs will go before head puts his best buddies back in class.

angeldiver Sun 19-Mar-17 10:29:12

We have lost our chaplain. His post was advertised as a pt role at £18k less than his salary.
Budget governor's meeting this week, I expect things will only get worse after that.

rollonthesummer Sun 19-Mar-17 10:30:22

Obviously, the school need teachers, so......I guess it is a case of who they can do without

I suspect it will be teachers that do actually go and TAs will used to 'teach' classes
Full time on the cheap.

No plans for head and his 4 assistant/deputies to go back into class.

This is half the problem in schools round here. Too many SMT on massive salaries who don't actually teach!

Emphasise Sun 19-Mar-17 10:33:51

Reducing TAs is about more than just saving money though. Schools are obviously looking at how they spend money and starting to link outcomes with spending (which is good). There is no real evidence that increased TA numbers have helped children, in many cases it has meant that children most in need of support get very little actual teacher input. This is one of the reasons LSAs at my school have been reduced.

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