Teacher redundancies at City Academy Norwich, Attlebrorough Academy, Wayland Academy and Fakenham Academy

Some staff are being made redundant at City Academy Norwich. Photo: Bill Smith

Some staff are being made redundant at City Academy Norwich. Photo: Bill Smith - Credit: Archant © 2012

An academy trust that runs four Norfolk high schools has announced plans to cut 10 teaching posts because of rising costs and falling income.

The proposed changes affect Attleborough, Wayland and Fakenham academies, and City Academy Norwich, which are part of the Transforming Education in Norfolk (Ten) Group, and follow bigger cuts last year which targeted 40 posts.

The government has said it is protecting school funding in cash terms, but budgets have been hit by increases in National Insurance and pension contributions, and reductions in educational grants.

In a statement, the Ten Group said: 'Whilst it is never easy to see valued teaching and support colleagues affected by such proposals, these reviews are underpinned by our dual priorities of making sure our curriculum best meets the needs of our students and of ensuring the continued financial health and sustainability of our academies.'

The group is consulting staff and unions on the plans, which could result in the overall loss of one full-time equivalent (FTE) senior management post, 9.8 FTE teaching posts and 0.63 FTE support staff post. The proposals for each academy are:

• Attleborough Academy: the proposed changes could lead to a reduction of one FTE senior management post and 1.6 FTE teaching posts.

• City Academy Norwich: the proposed changes could lead to a reduction of two FTE teaching posts.

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• Fakenham Academy Norfolk: the proposed changes could lead to a reduction of 2.6 FTE teaching posts and 0.63 FTE support staff posts.

• Wayland Academy in Watton: the proposed changes could lead to a reduction of 3.6 FTE teaching posts.

There are no staffing changes proposed at the other institutions within the Ten Group: City College Norwich, University Technical College Norfolk, Wayland Junior Academy Watton.

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