Nearly 70 per cent of secondary school headteachers have made cuts to teaching staff to save money, a survey has found.
Over two-thirds (69%) of secondary senior leaders have said lack of funding caused them to cut teaching staff, the Sutton Trust’s survey of 1,678 teachers found.
A quarter of the headteachers also admitted that their pupil premium funding – money specifically for disadvantaged children – was being used to “plug gaps”.
Sutton Trust’s Head of Research has said budget cuts are leading to a “mass exodus”.
Carl Cullinane told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer: “These changes have substantial effects on the education experience of the children.
“It is a real tough time for the teaching profession. Moral is quite low and teachers are under huge amounts of pressure.
“These budget cuts are putting them under more pressure because there are fewer of them and it is leading to this mass exodus.”
The survey also found over 60 per cent of headteachers were cutting IT equipment, and over 40 per cent getting rid of school trips to save money.
A 2018 report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies said total spending per pupil in England had fallen by 8 per cent in real terms between 2009-10 and 2017-18.
However, the Department for Education has said that school funding in England is at its “highest ever level”.
Mr Cullinane said that schools are trying to “protect students” from the lack of funding but they would be an impact.
“They are turning to raising money from parents as we are seeing a huge amount of parents being asked for extra contributions to pay for basic materials in the classes,” he said.
“We are also seeing that teachers are paying out of their own pockets for materials in the classrooms.
“Schools are doing their level-best to protect students from this financial pinch but it cannot not affect them.”