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Jobs could be lost at Liskeard School and Community College

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: March 06, 2014

AROUND half a dozen jobs, including teachers, could be lost at Liskeard School and Community College due to falling pupil numbers.

Liskeard School, which was rated as 'good' by Ofsted inspectors last year, will be handed less money thanks to changes to the enforcement of the National Funding Formula (NFF). It is understood a mixture of full and part-time roles could be lost as a result, with the school looking to save money from its budget.

Donna Bryant, head teacher of Liskeard School and Community College, told the Cornish Guardian: "We are going through the redundancy process at the moment. The problem is that the numbers of pupils in the area has reduced.

"Therefore we are cutting our staffing line to reflect the number of pupils in the school."

She said they have been left with no choice other than to look at making staff redundant.

"We have had no staff leave voluntarily so we need to go through compulsory redundancies," she said.

"We are restructuring areas of the school; some staff will be moved to new posts within the school.

"We haven't received the exact figures of the number of staff we will have to let go yet."

Numerous meetings have taken place within the school about the redundancies and staff were first told in January that some jobs could be in jeopardy.

Colleges, providers, schools and academies receive annual funding allocations from the Education Funding Agency (EFA), on behalf of the Department for Education.

Funding is calculated using a formula that incorporates factors including student numbers, student retention, higher-cost subjects, disadvantaged students and area costs.

Liskeard School and Community College has about 1,000 students and Ms Bryant said: "The critical thing is that this reduction is in common with other schools but it hasn't cut on the quality for the students – the school is going from strength to strength. This is just about if there are fewer students and less money we have to cut the staff."

A spokesman for the Department for Education said: "We have protected the school budget in real terms.

"That has allowed us to ensure all local authorities are receiving the same amount per pupil as in 2010.

"It is down to local authorities to determine exactly how funding is distributed to individual schools, but we have made sure that no school's budget falls by more than 1.5 per cent from one year to the next.

Of course if any school finds itself in particular difficulty, we are happy to look into the circumstances of their case."Liskeard School became a new co-operative trust in January 2013 and is not under Cornwall Council control.

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