One in every six state schools in England has asked their students’ parents to contribute to school finances, reports The Telegraph.
A survey carried out by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers has found that in addition, schools are taking all sorts of measures to raise funds in the face of budget cuts, with some hosting advertising on their sites, axing subjects and cutting or not replacing staff.
Schools will face another challenge when the National Funding Formula, due to be introduced by the government next year, comes into force.
ATL’s General Secretary, Mary Bousted, spoke about the worsening situation: “In two years’ time schools will have to make savings of more than £3 billion a year. Unless the government finds more money for schools and fast, today’s schoolchildren will have severely limited choices at school.”
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