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17,645 teachers across London will lose their jobs by 2020

The most deprived areas are going to be hit the hardest by the cuts

Posted by Lucinda Reid | May 03, 2017 | Teaching

By 2020, there will be 17,645 teacher job cuts across London boroughs.

It was reported earlier this year that London schools will face losing up to £333 per pupil in cuts. Justine Greening, Education Secretary, has highlighted an attempt to “rebalance” school funding, which will ultimately have a huge impact on pupils throughout the capital. However, it is not only the students whose education will be negatively impacted, but the livelihoods of teachers across the UK will be at risk.

Teacher recruitment website Teachingjobsinlondon.co.uk investigated teacher job cuts across the capital and the findings were analysed using Department for Education data by School Cuts.

The most deprived areas are being hit the hardest, such as Newham (1,074), Tower Hamlets (891), and Southwark (808).

Those least affected are those in more affluent areas, such as Richmond Upon Thames (249), Kingston Upon Thames (249), and Merton (204).The map produced by Teachingjobsinlondon.co.uk, highlights that the inner-city London schools are to suffer the most critical consequences. In contrast, those situated in more affluent areas, such as Richmond-upon-Thames, will have the least teacher job cuts implemented.

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers, highlights that these cuts will result in “increased class sizes (with) fewer teachers and support (for) less vulnerable children”. As a direct result, education in England is to experience one of the largest and detrimental cuts on a large scale, since the 1980’s.

The National Union of Teachers is “calling on the Government to increase school funding by at least three billion, which would be cut by 2020”.

 It is not only damaging to the lives of teachers but the future of children currently in education - Andrew Lynch, managing director of Teachingjobsinlondon.co.uk

Andrew Lynch, managing director of Teachingjobsinlondon.co.uk said that the system “cannot afford these cuts”.

“With the impending snap election, teachers will largely base their decisions on what party leaders promise regarding education. It is not only damaging to the lives of teachers but the future of children currently in education. Our research highlights ludicrous plans to cut jobs in the most deprived areas, risking future hope and social mobility for those children who need it the most.”

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