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Heads forced into making huge teacher cuts

Head teachers are planning on making large-scale redundancies, if warnings from the Association of School and College Leaders are anything to go by.

Around a dozen schools per day are making calls to the association’s helpline, asking for advice on redundancies while schools face incredible squeezes on their budgets.

The organisation claims that the new English Baccalaureate will mean that many schools will have to scale down on the staff that teaches vocational courses. To any heads faced with having to shed teachers, the ASCL is offering vital training.

A special seminar – named Managing staffing reductions – was attended by at least 60 delegate at the ASCL’s yearly conference in Manchester over the weekend. Mr Richard Bird, ASCL’s legal expert, commented that the last timeĀ  such a thing had to be done was way back in the 90s when Kenneth Clarke was the government’s Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Most heads have never faced redundancy situations, he added, while asking them to think about if they even knew where their redundancy policy was. Bird stressed that many schools had redundancy policies that only related to teachers, and not to support staff.

Brian Lightman, ASCL’s general secretary commented on how 2011 marks an unprecedented time for head teachers, with massive demand for valuable advice on exactly how to deal with their problems.

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