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Redundancies pay for school's £600,000 debt

PUBLISHED: 10:04 05 November 2009 | UPDATED: 17:19 25 August 2010

EDUCATION chiefs have been slammed for sacking 46 teaching assistants in a bid to address a £600,000 deficit. Greenwich branch of Teachers Unison said the move, which will see the staff at Eltham Green School reapply for 39 posts, was appalling .

EDUCATION chiefs have been slammed for sacking 46 teaching assistants in a bid to address a £600,000 deficit.

Greenwich branch of Teachers' Unison said the move, which will see the staff at Eltham Green School reapply for 39 posts, was "appalling".

According to a letter sent by the school to the union, the 46 to be dismissed include teaching assistants, cover supervisors and inclusion workers.

It stated that staff will have to apply through an interview process for new posts in a proposed new structure.

The letter reads: "The school recognises that decisions made by previous management have resulted in the anticipated deficit situation."

Greenwich branch secretary Onay Kasab said: "Why is it that these staff have to suffer rather than those who caused the deficit?

"We demand that the school opens up the books."

Jim Draper, chair of governors, said: "Every school has a responsibility to operate as efficiently as possible.

"The governing body has formulated a restructuring plan.

"This plan is at the early stages of consultation and the proposals at this stage mean some staffing posts will close while other new jobs are created.

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