School cash havoc fears

SCHOOL staff could be made redundant, class sizes could get bigger and new pupils could be turned away if the local authority loses out on part of a multi-million pound Government grant. Councillor Peter Kehoe says, the council has not yet been told how m

SCHOOL staff could be made redundant, class sizes could get bigger and new pupils could be turned away if the local authority loses out on part of a multi-million pound Government grant.Councillor Peter Kehoe says, the council has not yet been told how much cash it will get from the School Standard's Fund after next April.The local authority's executive member for children and young people's services, says schools need to be careful not to rely on the funding, which is used to help raise standards in schools, in case they don't get as much money when the three year grant runs out.A lot of the cash is used to employ extra staff to help, for example, gifted and talented children or ones with special needs.Cllr Kehoe says if this is the case it could have serious knock-on effects for the way schools run across North Somerset.He said: "Next April marks the end of the three year guarantee of what we will get. "We have not had a renewal of the promise of what we will get so I am keeping my fingers crossed."If the amount goes down it will have impacts on staffing and individual schools may need to make members of staff redundant."Pupils would lose individual attention and will probably end up in larger classes where schools can legally can do that."Where they can't schools wouldn't be able to take the children in."North Somerset Council is likely to find out how much cash it will get when a comprehensive spending review takes place in the autumn.


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