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‘We’re being told to cut jobs… but we need more teachers’

Unpublished data shows how the DfE concluded that it was possible to save billions

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It is no secret that school finances are under enormous pressure. But where does the government expect the cuts to fall?

Schools may well be aware of the headline figure of £3 billion savings that the Department for Education says they must achieve by 2019-20 to meet government spending plans.

This figure is based on a £1. 7 billion cut to staffing budgets, together with £1.3 billion of procurement savings, and emerged in a National Audit Office report last December.

But the detailed thinking behind these figures, and what they could mean for job losses, had been unknown.

Cuts to staff pay

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