Annal Nayyar – BBC Report outlines- The parents of about half a million pupils in England are being sent a letter on Thursday warning of cuts to schools because of funding shortages.

The heads of almost every school in Essex, West Sussex, East Sussex and Cornwall have written a joint letter warning of budgets at “breaking point”.

They say it will mean staff cuts, bigger class sizes and fewer support services, such as for mental health.

The Department for Education says school spending is at record levels.

The letter, sent to MPs and parents, from the heads of more than a thousand schools, accuses the Department for Education of being “entirely irresponsible” over school finances.

“School leaders from Penzance to Bognor Regis to Eastbourne and onto Colchester are joining together and are united by a common purpose; we all want adequate funding for every school,” says the letter.

It calls on local MPs to support their schools’ campaigns for better funding.

Funding battle

Heads have been protesting that school budgets have failed to keep up with rising costs – highlighting a National Audit Office report of a £3bn funding gap.

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