Northamptonshire supplementary schools to lose funding

Supplementary schools in Northamptonshire could close when their funding is withdrawn in July as the county council looks to save £73m.

The 20 schools, run by volunteers at weekends, teach pupils from different backgrounds about their culture and life in the UK.

The funding was due to stop in March, but the county council said it would continue for the current academic year.

The council pays £94,000 for premises and teachers at the schools.

Dahlia Panayis, vice chairman of the Northamptonshire Association of Supplementary Schools (NASS), said they would try to keep the schools open.

"It's very good news that we are having the funding continued up until July, but it is not enough to sustain the schools after that," she said.

"With parental contributions we would still need to find around £66,000 per year to run the schools."

About 2,000 pupils attend the schools, including students from Polish, Chinese and Arabic communities.

Northamptonshire County Council said it was working with NASS on a plan to help the scheme to attract money from alternative sources.

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