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Colleges have been advised that they “should” keep away from planning to enter price range deficits.

The warning is available in a letter from the finance director on the Division of Schooling (DE), Gary Honest.

It’s in response to a transfer from greater than 40 head teachers in greater Belfast who said they would refuse to implement more cuts to their budgets.

They stated they might not take measures like shedding workers to economize, even when it pushed them into the crimson.

Mr Honest stated that he was writing to varsities “in response to plenty of letters I’ve not too long ago acquired from some principals and oldsters”.

“Whereas I admire that almost all of faculties will proceed to train budgetary discretion and agency monetary administration, some principals have indicated that, even in doing so, they could be compelled into deficit positions,” he wrote.

“What’s of extra concern is that some have additionally said that they are going to be planning for deficit price range positions over the subsequent three years.”

Mr Honest went on to cite steerage “which clearly states that deficits (in addition to massive surpluses) have to be averted”.

“No faculty could plan for a deficit with out the consent of the Schooling Authority,” he continued.

“I might be grateful when you might share the content material of this letter with dad and mom.”

In April, the pinnacle academics wrote to the DE, the Schooling Authority and the secretary of state stating that the price range state of affairs going through them was “untenable”.

Additionally they wrote to oldsters of all pupils in 43 colleges, telling them that they might not make staffing cuts with out “compromising” youngsters’s schooling.

Mr Honest’s letter, dated 9 Might, is in response to these issues.

He had previously written to schools warning them that they would wish to make “tough choices” in 2017/18.