The Chief Executive of the South Dartmoor Multi-Academy Trust, Rachel Shaw, said: “It is with great regret that we have had to begin consultations with the staff and unions which could lead to compulsory redundancies across the schools in the South Dartmoor Multi-Academy Trust.
"We are consulting about the loss of 50 full-time equivalent posts across the Trust but we hope it might be fewer. Like all schools, we are required to balance our books and we have exhausted other means of cutting costs such as not replacing staff who leave and reviewing all non-staff costs.
"Nationally schools are campaigning for better funding of education and that campaign is particularly relevant in Devon where – because of Government funding - every pupil is worth £294 less than the national average. If Devon schools were funded at the national average it would mean an extra £27 million coming into their budgets every year.
"On top of that, schools have faced increasing costs to pay for pensions for teachers and support staff, increased National Insurance contributions and the apprenticeship levy. Headteachers have been warning of a funding crisis in our schools and we are seeing the impact of this now as schools are being forced to make tough decisions about how they can balance their budgets.
"The consultations will be completed next month and we will then be able to be more specific about the numbers of jobs involved. In the meantime we will continue to do the very best for the children in our schools and provide the very best education we can.”