News by email Donate


Top Stories

Most Read

Popular Videos

School stock image.JPG
School stock image.JPG
World News

Schools facing financial turmoil but Christian charity suggests it's only going to get worse

by Sophie Drew

A new survey suggests almost 70 per cent of primary schools are struggling to make ends meet following the pandemic, saying they lack the funds to provide adequate care and make up for the disruptions that the coronavirus caused. 

A survey by the Sutton Trust suggests 51 per cent of primary schools have had to cut teaching assistants as a result.

Speaking to Premier in response to the findings, Steve Beegoo, CEO of the Christian Schools Trust said: "I wasn't entirely surprised seeing those figures that schools really are struggling to fulfil all the roles that we expect of them. 

"In society, not only do we expect them to educate our children, we expect them to feed them, to care for them, to handle their mental health and behaviour issues.

"Since everything that's happened with Covid - after the last couple of years - those pressures have only really increased for those schools. 

"So to hear schools saying 'we really are struggling; we haven't been given enough money to be able to meet the needs of our pupils' is by no means a surprise.

Beegoo believes things are likely to get worse before they get better, as the cost of living rockets and energy prices soar.

He continued: "You understand the issues of the other costs that schools are facing - you may be struggling with your own household energy prices at the moment - you can imagine the school with the school corridors and halls and the lighting and the heating costs, how they're going to be increasing for schools. 

"Are they going to be asked to further cut staff to be able to meet those costs?"

Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

A Monthly Gift Of $11 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the USA is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of $11 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Support Us

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.

News by email