State of Education Report 2017 state-of-education-booklet-Final-WEB - Page 10

Percentage of school leaders who have to make savings in the next financial year and expect to see the following changes in their school as a result: Staffing, buildings and the curriculum: where savings will hit most Staffing budgets will be squeezed most in 2017-18, with two-thirds (66%) of all school leaders who need to make cuts expecting to make Five most-cited changes: Primary most savings here. This tallies both with the proportion of school Secondary budgets devoted to staff costs (typically around three-quarters) and 69% 68% Reduction in support staff Reduction in support staff 50% Restricted use of resources across the school 45% More resourcefulness in the way we do things 68% Bigger class sizes saving patterns to date. A Department for Education (DfE) study, for example, found that between 2009-10 and 2013-14, 70% of a sample of maintained schools reduced their staffing expenditure 9 . More than two-thirds (68%) of school leaders who have to make savings in 2017-18 plan to reduce support staff, and more than a third (37%) expect to reduce teaching staff. Secondary schools are more than twice as likely to cut teaching staff than primary schools, 64% with 64% versus 30% citing this to be the case respectively. This Reduction in teaching staff difference may be largely due to the greater number of teaching staff in secondary schools. It might also be related to the fact that 57% of secondary schools plan to narrow the curriculum as a result of budget 45% 57% strains compared to just one in 10 primary schools. Where subjects are Less investment in staff CPD Narrower curriculum offer dropped, the need for particular subject teachers passes too. 39% Reduced investment in development and maintenance of premises The need to make savings also means bigger class sizes for almost 48% one-third (31%) of schools. Again, the difference between primary and Less investment in staff CPD secondary schools here is notable (20% and 68% respectively), with STATE OF EDUCATION 2017 | WWW.STATEOFED.THEKEYSUPPORT.COM the infant-class size limit likely to be contributing to this contrast. PAGE 10