The government has warned schools in England not to shorten their weeks or make other cuts to save on energy costs this winter.
With energy prices set to rise sharply, many schools are facing the prospect of significant increases in their bills. This has led some to consider measures such as reducing the number of days they are open or cutting back on other expenses.
However, the government has advised against such moves, saying schools should instead look at ways to reduce energy usage and costs. It has also urged suppliers to offer schools more favourable rates.
The headteachers’ union has said that while shorter weeks are unlikely, other cuts are possible amid soaring energy bills. This could include larger class sizes or delays to building projects.
Price rises on energy bills are a significant concern for many businesses and households across the country. The government has introduced a price cap on household energy bills but does not cover schools.
With costs set to rise sharply, schools must take action to minimise their expenditure. However, the government advises that cutting back on days or other services is not the best way to achieve this. Reducing energy usage and costs should be the priority for schools this winter.
In addition, the government has urged energy suppliers to offer schools more favourable rates. This would help to ease the financial pressure on schools and allow them to maintain their current level of service.
The government’s advice is clear: schools should not cut back on days or other services to save money on energy costs this winter. Reducing energy usage and fees should be the priority for schools, and the government is urging suppliers to offer more favourable rates. This will help to ensure that schools can continue to provide a good standard of education for their students.
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