English schools face mounting pressure to balance the books | ITV News

The financial pressures schools face make for hard choices in England’s classrooms. After spending two days at Felpham Community College in Bognor Regis, I have a better understanding of what’s at stake.

A large comprehensive in West Sussex, Felpham has 1,320 pupils, many of whom struggle with mental health problems.

One in eight of the pupils at England’s secondary schools now have a diagnosable mental health condition, and Felpham is doing all it can to support the dozens of children suffering in their community.

But the team employed to help the most vulnerable at Felpham is a luxury at a time when financial pressures are mounting and one in three secondary schools are running in deficit.

Felpham’s specialised Learning Support Unit is also at risk if the school budget has to be cut again as it was only 18 months ago.

The Unit is a safe haven for the increasing number of pupils overwhelmed at times by the stresses of school life; a sanctuary for those who sometimes struggle.

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