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Spending cuts 'affect school staff'

Monday March 21st 2011

A union leader has highlighted the adverse effects of spending cuts on school staff, warning that teachers may lose their jobs due to the changes.

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said cuts to specialist education services are already affecting teachers, and ATL members fear a further increase in staff redundancy.

She told the Press Association: "We are looking at schools in different local authorities which are looking at 100 voluntary redundancies, in other authorities it's over 150. There will be thousands of redundancies overall."

"What's really happening at the moment, where our members are seeing them, is in local authority central services.

"I've had detailed information from many local representatives of savage cuts of the education staff in central services, and these are staff who our members rely on."

Spending cuts are causing problems to a number of services including speech and language therapy, mental health, behaviour support as well as those for special educational needs.

Dr Bousted said: "Our members are just beginning to wake up to the fact that these services, which have been relied on so strongly, are going."

She added that teachers will bear the brunt of Government spending cuts, as they are directly dealing with children and are being instructed to do more with less.

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