Freezing classrooms force pupils to be ‘taught in hats and coats’ : i News

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Children were forced to wear coats and hats in lessons during January as a result of their school trying to save money on heating bills, according to parent campaigners. Pupils had to wear the extra layers in classrooms for the first two weeks of the year, while teachers were banned from using the photocopier as the school battled to cut costs. The details emerged during a speech by Jo Yurky at the National Union of Teachers conference in Cardiff, a parent who has founded a campaign group to force the Government to increase the level of spending going into schools. Parents paying school running costs Ms Yurky, whose two daughters attend primary school in Haringey, north London, said schools were increasingly turning to parents to make regular contributions to help cover running costs. In some cases she said schools had funding shortfalls of up to £300,000, and were calling on parents to help fund their deficits. “Schools are asking parents for regular payments to plug the funding shortfall – schools with £100k, £200k, £300k deficits begging parents for help,” she said. “One school near me raised over £80,000 from its parent community – but it isn’t enough. In one secondary school near me, the children were taught for the first two weeks of January with their coats and hats on because they’ve had to become a bit more careful about when they’ll turn the heating on – to save money. “That school can’t afford to buy the textbooks the pupils need, but they also can’t afford to photocopy them because that budget’s been cut too.” Physically uncomfortable classrooms Speaking to journalists afterwards, Ms Yurky said there was a “significant financial problem” in the country’s schools.
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2 Comments

  1. There used to be a regulation in schools, that the heating in winter, had to be maintained at a certain temperature. I remember, when my kids were in school, the boiler broke, so they had to send everyone home, and closed the school until the heating was fixed.

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  2. In one secondary school near me, the children were taught for the first two weeks of January with their coats and hats on because they’ve had to become a bit more careful about when they’ll turn the heating on – to save money. “That school can’t afford to buy the textbooks the pupils need, but they also can’t afford to photocopy them because that budget’s been cut too.”

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    For goodness sake, conditions all across this country were better during the second world war.

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