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Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 May, 2003, 09:20 GMT 10:20 UK
School funding shortfall forces cuts
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Headteachers say the measure will not affect pupils
Five schools around Clacton, in Essex, are to reduce spending in some areas to ease a funding crisis.

The headteachers have decided to cut teacher training and staff appraisals, and to scrap targets for some pupils to try to ease a cash crisis.

Peter Halliday, the headteacher of the Holland Haven Primary School in Holland-on-Sea, told BBC Essex the cuts would not directly affect pupils.

Mr Halliday said: "I think in the short-term, education won't be damaged.

"We spent some time trying to identify actions which wouldn't affect the children on a short-term basis.

"But I think our feeling is that unless this is sorted out, it won't be our actions that damage children long-term - it will be the lack of money that's coming to schools."

Councils say they have not received the money needed to overcome a educational funding shortage.

The government this year accused local authorities of withholding more than 500m intended for heads - a claim the National Association of Head Teachers dismissed earlier this month.

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