Talking to parents about budget cuts

As the cost of living crisis continues, you may need to make difficult financial decisions about your school that will lead to anger and complaints from parents. Adapt our template letter to parents to let them know about potential budget cuts and get advice on how to communicate with them in a sensitive way.

Last reviewed on 8 November 2022
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  1. Download and adapt our letter to parents
  2. Advice on writing to parents
  3. Let parents know how they can help
  4. Put frequently asked questions (FAQs) and answers on your website
  5. Keep parents updated

Download and adapt our letter to parents

It's important that the headteacher is the first person to let parents know about budget cuts. Being up front and honest about financial difficulties will help to inspire confidence in your leadership.

A letter is the best first step to make parents aware of the situation. You can then arrange to discuss specifics with them at meetings or a parent forum at a later date.

Adapt our template to reflect your school's financial circumstances.

KeyDoc: template letter to parents about budget cuts DOCX, 124.5 KB

Advice on writing to parents

Put your financial circumstances in a wider context

Many parents will also be facing financial challenges of their own. To explain your situation, you could compare the school budget to a household budget, as this is something they will understand.

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