Cash earmarked for Leeds schools in financial trouble

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Nearly half a million pounds has been earmarked to help support schools suffering financial difficulties in Leeds.

The Yorkshire Evening Post understands that eight schools from across the city are set to receive a share of the support fund which is worth more than £441,000.

The cash-pot is believed to help fund costs of “commuted pensions” while schools undertake a “managed staff reduction process”.

Leeds City Council’s director of Children’s Services has been asked by the Schools Forum Panel to agree to the allocation of £441,356 from the central budget to help schools in financial difficulty.

The YEP believes the fund will be used to pay for additional one-off costs relating to pension contributions for teaching staff at a number of schools across the city.

Names of the eight schools, which are set to receive some of the funding, have not been released into the public domain yet.

The process usually takes place because a school is forced to reduce the number of teaching staff as a result of a decline in the number of pupils on their registers.

The YEP understands that the reduction in the overall number of pupils could then lead to reduction in the school’s budget.

The YEP reported earlier this year that Royds School, in south Leeds, is reviewing the numbers of teaching staff because of changes to the curriculum.

The review is also taking place as a result of a fall in the number of pupils registered on the secondary school’s roll.

It is believed that eight teachers and three support staff could be facing redundancy from the school.

However, there is no suggestion at this stage that Royds School is one of the schools in line for the financial support package.

Nobody was available to comment from Leeds City Council about the funding when contacted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.

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