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‘Instability, fear, mistrust’: the human cost of cuts

As the continued squeeze on budgets leads to increasingly difficult choices, school leaders are facing fears for their futures – and for those of their staff

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“I would not be willing to lead and oversee what I would regard as the decimation of an educational institution. Therefore, I would have no alternative but to resign.”

Richard Slade, headteacher of Plumcroft Primary School in Greenwich, London, is a dedicated school leader. But he says that if the government doesn’t change course with its funding cuts, he might be forced to consider his position.

He is not alone. The financial situation facing schools is so bleak that many heads are now questioning their futures in a way that would have been unthinkable only a couple of years ago.

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