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Council warns it could intervene in running of schools

Created on 02/02/2018 @ 13:41
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Schools in the area are among 15 county-wide that have been told the county council could intervene in their running because they have not put forward properly costed budgets for the new financial year.

It is understood that out of the 15, at least one is in Newtown and others are in Montgomeryshire, although they have not been identified.

Cllr Myfanwy Alexander, Portfolio Holder for Education, has said there are 15 unlicensed schools.

"There are challenges that schools are facing including sustainability and curriculum development and the move to getting funding through grants which makes it difficult to budget," she said.

"The funding formula will look at what can be delivered for a certain sum of money. There are currently 15 schools that are in an unlicensed position."

It is understood £1million of extra funding is being placed into next year’s education budget for schools, with a further £250,000 to help with dual stream schools.

But it is understood a number of schools could miss the 1 May deadline for submitting their budgets to Powys County Council.

"Certain schools are better at budgets than others and we will not accept a constant parade of excuses. There will be timely intervention to deal with those who are not dealing with the difficult problems of curriculum changes and staffing."

Director of Education, Ian Budd, said: “There are schools that have not planned ahead.  We expect  every school to submit their budget by 1 May, if not there will be follow up action and intervention. There are still a couple of schools that have not responded to our offer of help."

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