Wales: Headteachers Warn About Planned Budget Cuts

Headteachers in Wales have warned that hundreds of school teaching staff will possibly lose their jobs if currently proposed budget cuts go ahead. One of Newport’s council’s cabinet members, Gail Giles, said that according to teaching leaders, proposed cuts will have “a devastating impact on primary education”.

According to a letter from the Newport Association of Primary Headteachers, possibly up to 226 teaching assistants and 79 teachers will need to be made redundant in order to offset for the effect of cuts that are planned for the 2017-18 year.

The letter moreover states that the council’s proposed budget can also mean actual real-term decrease in school funding in Wales of more than £3.1m or £227 per student when factoring in other costs such as pay awards. Newport has currently 13,969 in their primary schools.