Surviving the great squeeze
Will it be administrative and support staff, although they are a commitment under the national teachers' agreement? Or might it be staff involved with inclusion, although they have already been shown to make a difference? Or could areas such as continuing professional development programmes suffer, crucial though they may be to learning and teaching?
These dilemmas certainly place education authorities between a rock and hard place. But help may be at hand relatively soon: 2007 is an election year.