Despite the Department for Education saying that no school will see a reduction in funding of more than 1.5% per pupil, the Association of School and College Leaders has been inundated with calls from members worried about redundancy.

The ASCL has also run five fully subscribed courses on showing decision makers how to make redundancies.

The Guardian reports that ASCL, which represents 15,000 heads and deputy heads, has said that some of its members were planning to make 15%-20% redundancies.

The cuts though are yet to be announced in 1st April, but already a third of the calls to the ESCL 24-hour helpline relate to redundancy.

Richard Bird, who is ASCL's legal consultant, has also warned that the new English Baccalaureate will exacerbate the position as schools start to concentrate their efforts on the new qualification's core subjects. To gain a baccalaureate, which appears on the school's published statistics, a pupil has to gain a 'C' grade in English, maths, history or geography, two sciences, and a language. Therefore there is a fear that schools will shy away from vocational and non-English Bac courses meaning more redundancies.

Senior teachers also fear for their jobs as making them redundant is seen as a cheaper option.

It may make sense to reduce the curriculum to those covered by an English Baccalaureate as any employer would then know what they are getting. But it would have been much better to include at least one vocational skill such as metalwork or woodwork. After all education should not be for the mind alone.

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