Fis-edsolutions ltd -BBC Report – Reports states Thousands of smaller primaries and secondary’s in England are becoming financially unviable, heads say.

The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) says one-form entry primaries and secondaries with 600 pupils or fewer will “fall off a cliff” financially unless new funds are found.

The government says it has been protecting school budgets.

Independent experts say they face real-terms cuts of 8% to cover cost rises in pension, pay and national insurance.

The Institute of Fiscal Studies says having been insulated from real-terms cuts over the last Parliament, schools are likely to feel the pinch more over the current Parliament, with spending per pupil set to fall.

A one-form entry primary has about 210 pupils, 65 fewer than the average-sized primary school.

Some 20% of primaries (3,478) in England have fewer than 200 pupils, and 30% (5,037) have fewer than 300 pupils.

The average-sized 11-to-16 secondary has about 970 pupils, while a three-form secondary has about 450 pupils and a four-form primary has about 600.