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Image caption A headteacher in Penarth wants parents to put pressure on politicians over school funding

A group of head teachers has written to parents saying colleagues are cleaning halls and toilets at weekends so schools can be hired out to raise much-needed cash.

The email, sent on behalf of Penarth’s headteachers, added some schools were considering closing early on Fridays.

It makes a plea to put pressure on politicians to boost school funding.

The Welsh Government said school funding was local authorities’ responsibility.

It added that Vale of Glamorgan council spends the least per pupil in the whole of Wales.

The letter, entitled The Funding Crisis Deepens, was emailed to parents at schools in Penarth.

Written jointly by all “Penarth Cluster Heads”, the letter said there was a £1m shortfall in funding for the coming year and redundancies were being considered.

It said staff were working for the inspectorate Estyn and the regional education body to bring in extra income, adding that “the point where health and safety could be compromised” has been reached.

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“We are looking at redundancies and we have head teachers cleaning halls and toilets on the weekend for lettings to make money,” the letter said.

“Your children’s education and life chances are being compromised by the Welsh Government’s failure to fund schools properly.

“We are expected to enable a new curriculum for Wales, a new additional learning needs bill and produce one million Welsh speakers. None of these can happen at the current funding levels.”

The cluster consists of 16 schools in and around Penarth, including two comprehensives, and a special school.

Vale of Glamorgan council has previously complained it does not receive enough from the Welsh Government for education.

A Welsh Government spokesman said: “We recognise that to continue to raise standards, our schools and teachers need additional support.

“That is why we recently announced the single biggest investment for teachers since devolution – a £24m package of professional learning to support the new curriculum, giving schools the time and resources they need.

“It is important to note that Welsh Government has presented local authorities, including Vale of Glamorgan, with proposals to update the 1991 census-related element of the current funding formula, however this proposal was not pursued.”