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Heads threaten to cut teaching time.

Heads threaten to cut teaching time.

How would you react if your child’s school decided it was going to cut hours, or even stop teaching some subjects altogether? That’s the worrying situation facing parents and children in West Sussex where the county’s headteachers have signed a letter to Prime Minister Theresa May. It spells out the possible consequences of their ‘dire’ financial position.

As the BBC reports, headteachers from more than 250 primary, secondary, special schools, academies and local authority schools in West Sussex say an extra £20m in emergency funding is needed or they will be forced to make cuts to teaching time, staffing levels and even some subjects!

The letter, which warns that lack of progress on funding has meant "a crippling effect on our already dire financial position", is also being sent to more than 100,000 West Sussex parents who are said to be supportive of the campaign.

Jules White, head of Tanbridge House School in Horsham, argues these are not empty threats. He is quoted as saying: "We will look at every option to avoid such drastic steps.” He also adds: "There are fundamentals - finance and the supply of teachers. That's what we want the conversation to be about. If you want rapid school improvement, fund them adequately."

Would you be put out if your school changed its opening and closing times because it couldn’t afford to stay open for the usual hours? We’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Let us know over on our Facebook and Twitter.

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