Schools may slash classes to just THREE DAYS a week as soaring teacher salaries and huge energy bills cripple budgets

SCHOOLS consider cutting classes to just THREE days a week as soaring teacher salaries and monster energy bills erode budgets.

Principals, trustees and governors have held “crisis meetings” to brainstorm ideas to keep schools’ finances in the black in September.

Children could face three-day weeks to allow their schools to keep their doors open in the face of rising prices

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Children could face three-day weeks to allow their schools to keep their doors open in the face of rising pricesPhoto credit: Getty
Southend High School for boys is set to see a whopping £200,000 rise in electricity bills this September

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Southend High School for boys is set to see a whopping £200,000 rise in electricity bills this SeptemberPhoto credit: Google Maps

With energy bills soaring by a whopping 300 percent and teachers’ salaries soaring, schools have been considering all options to save hard cash.

Marc Jordan, CEO of the Creative Education Trust, which has 17 schools in the Midlands and East Anglia, told The Telegraph he had heard some schools discussing a “three-day week” to cut costs.

Meanwhile, said Dr. Robin Bevan, head teacher at top grammar school Southend High School for Boys in Essex, said four-day weeks are “certainly being considered” by others.

He added that the slashed weeks are becoming a “realistic prospect sooner rather than later” thanks to the drastic underfunding of schools that have not kept pace with rising inflation.

Shorter school days and fewer after-school clubs are likely to become a common sight in schools, too, warned another Academy Trust CEO.

And this will likely come with draconian energy use restrictions in schools across the UK as the nation weathers the energy price crisis.

Speaking about his own school, Dr. Bevan said running costs had increased by a staggering £200,000.

Rising salaries for teachers will add an extra £70,000 more than the Essex school had budgeted, while a further £40,000 will need to be found for support staff.

It comes as funding per student in England fell by 9 per cent in real terms between 2010 and 2020.

Despite this, the government has pledged an extra £7 billion to school budgets in England by 2024.

The Sun Online has reached out to the Department of Education for comment.

The shocking revelations come as the rising cost of living will leave parents struggling to shell out a new uniform and school supplies for their children.

But new research has found the best days to buy essentials at the cheapest price.

And if you buy at the right time, you could save almost £200, according to Idealo data shared exclusively with The Sun.

Those looking to snag school bags should aim for August 26th for the best bargains.

Meanwhile, tablets are the cheapest on September 8th, costing £370.78, on average -25 per cent cheaper than in January when they cost £434.94 on average.

Pens and pencils are the cheapest on September 12 at £9.92, while sports lovers should pick up their football boots on September 4 as they are expected to cost £62.60.

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