Deficit casts shadow over workload joy
Mrs Paver fears that may mean a cut in staff, leading to larger classes and a reduction in the standards that led the chief inspector, to describe her school as outstanding.
The former National Association of Head Teachers president says the extra 1 per cent on primary budgets provided by the Government for cover is nowhere near enough. At Intake it amounted to pound;8,700. "I am 200 per cent behind this in principle," said Mrs Paver. "But I had assumed that appropriate funding would follow."
Mrs Paver is employing five part-time specialist staff who have expertise in their areas but, with one exception, are not qualified teachers. They will provide cover for her 15 teachers. Helped by assistants who know pupils well they will instruct pupils in gym, drama, music, dance and art.
Mrs Paver said. "My other staff are qualified teachers but not one of us could do gymnastics, for example, to the standard our gymnastics coach can."