Schools across Britain might reportedly open their doors just for three days a week to tackle the energy and cost of living crisis.
The Telegraph reported that salary increases for teachers expected in September are set to put more pressure on already stretched school budgets.
Recently, a study estimated that schools across England could be paying an estimated £1 billion a year for energy they use.
Paul Whiteman, General Secretary for school leaders’ union NAHT, told ELN: “We are hearing quite clearly from our members that rising energy costs will almost certainly have a negative impact on education.
“For some, the energy price hikes are the equivalent to the cost of a full-time teacher. Every penny spent in schools is a choice. Increased energy costs means that money which could be being spent on pupils is being paid to energy companies instead.”
A Department for Education spokesperson told ELN: “We recognise that schools – much like the wider economy – are facing increased costs, including on energy and staff pay.
“To support schools, budgets will rise by £7 billion by 2024-25 – including £4 billion in the current financial year alone – compared with 2021-22, a 7% cash terms per pupil increase. A recent IFS report noted that this will mean that forecast increased costs are broadly affordable for schools in 2022-23.
“Our Schools White Paper set out our expectation that the school week should last a minimum of 32.5 hours – the current average – for all mainstream state-funded schools.
“Thousands of schools already deliver this length of week within existing budgets and we expect current funding plans to account for this.”