Salterton headteacher claims six-month energy costs above 100%

Salterton headteacher claims six-month energy costs above 100%

Due to a staffing shortage, a head teacher was compelled to ask his mother and sister to assist at the school.

Steve Hitchcock, the principal of St. Peter’s Primary in Budleigh Salterton, Devon, said that supermarkets were stealing his culinary employees because they paid more.

He said that in the previous six months, energy costs had increased by 100%, the food bill had run up a deficit of £38,000, and the school lacked the funds necessary to implement a five to ten percent staff pay raise.

It certainly seem as if something must give; enough is enough, he said.

It is an impossible task.

“What we’re supposed to accomplish and the resources we have don’t line up,”

It’s really difficult to hire new employees since existing employees are departing to take better-paying positions at supermarkets.

Because of the low wages, it is particularly difficult to find cleaners and lunchtime personnel at the present.

“As a result, I had to invite my mother to come and serve as a lunchtime helper.”

And to make sure we had enough personnel to accomplish that as well, I had to ask my sister if she would come and do some cleaning.

“That’s simply insane,” you say.

He began his career as a head teacher in 2008 and said that nothing else could be scaled back at this time.

We are continually requesting financial assistance from parents, neighborhood organizations, and other sources, he said.

It shouldn’t be my job, you say.

The Energy Relief Scheme would be advantageous to schools, according to the Department for Education, which acknowledged that they were under financial strain.

However, Mr. Hitchcock said that over the last ten years, the school’s revenue had decreased by 9% in real terms.

The Energy Relief Scheme will help all schools by capping how much they must spend on energy and giving them greater budgetary certainty during the winter, according to the Department for Education. “We understand that schools – much like wider society – are facing cost pressures due to international events driving up inflation and global energy prices,” the department said.

“We are helping schools with £53.8 billion in core funding this year, including a cash increase of £4 billion, and are also giving schools resources to assist them obtain the most value for their money, including suggested agreements for energy bills and services relating to energy.”

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