Balls: Schools must merge to save money
State schools will be asked to merge under a dramatic cost-cutting plan.
Children’s Secretary Ed Balls set out the sweeping measures, including bulk-buying of equipment and sharing headteachers between several schools.
Education groups will run more efficient chains of state schools and schools should merge to form “federations”.
Campaign group Parents Outloud expressed some alarm at the plan, warning that children will be “lost in the mass” of huge primaries and secondaries. It will be interesting to hear parents reaction to this, it is hard to think how the ethos of a school will suffer with a head loyal to three school. If we cannot afford to maintain leaders in our schools we are in sorry state a schools strength is the head. We will have to find a super race of people who can give 100% split three ways and be loyal to all. The majority of parents want to protect small schools and if this is the only way and they can be assured the small schools will remain open then perhaps they will settle for that, but it a very big ask of any one mortal
Headteachers said any mergers must be justified for educational reasons.
Speaking in Birmingham, Mr Balls said the plan was drafted to “protect” jobs of 41,000 extra teachers and 120,000 assistants hired under Labour. “If we prepare we can protect our frontline priorities,” he said. If one headteacher takes charge of three primary schools, net salary savings of £58,000 can be made, according to the plan.