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Head lecturers might herald a four-and-a-half day week in faculties round England as they grapple with £3bn in price range pressures.

Heads on the Nationwide Affiliation of Head Lecturers convention stated ministers had not been listening to their plight.

They backed a movement giving their leaders licence to discover all out there choices – together with a shorter faculty week – to guard training.

The federal government insists faculty funding has by no means been larger.

It says funding will rise to £41bn within the subsequent yr.


Head trainer Graham Frost stated on the convention in Telford that the road from the federal government was like “a recorded message” that got here again each time the problem was raised.

And this was driving heads “loopy”, he stated.

“We’re not advocating a four-and-a-half day week, we’re simply so despairing,” stated Mr Frost.

He stated dropping trainer hours may very well be crucial if a college didn’t have the employees to run courses safely.

Alternatively, a head could make this determination to forestall faculties from axing help employees for kids with specific wants.

‘Final resort’

One other head trainer, Clem Coady, stated: “The four-and-a-half day week should be seen because the final resort as a result of we do not wish to reduce the supply we’re giving to kids, to folks, to households, to our employees.

“However there must be a way of forcing and opposing these authorities imposed cuts – they have to overturn it.”

The movement additionally gave the NAHT government the proper to encourage its members to take different steps, reminiscent of operating deficit budgets in faculties or refusing to file budgets to native authorities.

The NAHT will talk about additional steps in its marketing campaign to oppose faculty funding cuts at an government convention in June.

The Nationwide Audit Workplace has discovered faculties are facing budget cuts of £3bn by 2020 as a result of funding was not holding tempo with elevated pupil numbers and the rising prices of nationwide insurance coverage and pension contributions.