Teachers have hit out at school cuts in Sheffield, saying that the most vulnerable children will suffer.

New data from schoolcuts.org.uk has revealed that schools in Sheffield have lost out on £80 million between 2015 and 2020. This amounts to a loss of £129 per pupil.

Simon Murch, joint branch and district secretary of the National Education Union (NEU), said: “It used to be in many schools that classes would have their own teaching assistant, but it’s more common now that classes have to share support staff.

“In my school, the TA spends most of their time with some of the more problematic children in the other class, so children in my class who need extra help with English and Maths aren’t getting that contact.”

Simon states that this is symptomatic of many schools, also saying that schools are losing out on funding and support for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Budget changes for schools in the South East area of Sheffield have been mixed. Where some schools have made very small gains in per pupil funding, Shirebrook Primary school is set to lose out on £722 per pupil.

Another school which will face the toughest cuts is The Birley Academy, which between 2015 and 2020 has seen its budget reduced by £2.1 million.

Simon explains that the reason that schools often appear reluctant to talk about the cuts to their budget is because schools have been made to compete for funding. Schools receive more money if they have more pupils.

He says: “In recent years, schools have all been about competition, not about collaboration.

“So if I’m running a school, and you’re running a school and I say that my school is going to lose lots of money, the worry for me is that parents will see that and take their kids to your school.”

Simon argues that schools in certain areas should collectively discuss the cuts that are being made against all of the schools in order to stop this from happening.

We have approached Sheffield City Council for comment, but have yet to hear back.