PARENTS are being asked to pay for textbooks, art materials and sports equipment as schools plug funding gaps, claims a survey by two teaching unions.
Most said a sum was not specified but 14 people said their school asked for more than £20 a month.
The survey questioned 1,177 members of the National Union of Teachers and Association of Teachers and Lecturers working in England’s state schools.
Cash was also raised from renting out parts of the school.
A primary school teacher in Essex said: “I had to cancel gymnastics lessons due to our school hall being leased out for educational conferences in the day.”
ATL general secretary Dr Mary Bousted said: “Unless the Government finds more money for schools and fast, today’s school children will have severely limited choices at school and children from poorer families will be further disadvantaged as parents may struggle to provide the resources schools can no longer afford.”