HARD-UP schools are asking pupils to take in their own loo roll to save cash, The Sun can reveal.
Head teachers are going cap in hand to parents to ask for donations including textbooks.
Others have enlisted clever pupils to help teach as cuts in staffing bite and class sizes continue to grow.
They are up for the fourth year in a row and one in eight secondary pupils is now taught with more than 30 others.
Some schools have had to axe sixth-form courses to save cash.
It comes as millions of youngsters return to class this week as 9,000 schools face making cutbacks following a new Government “funding formula” devised to save £3billion.
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St John’s Primary in Crowborough, East Sussex, asked parents to send kids in with their own loo roll.
Head Laura Cooper said: “We are trying to manage. We are being honest about it.”
St Marylebone CofE School for Girls in Central London has asked parents for contributions.
Head Kathryn Pugh said: “We can’t afford to maintain the same levels. Most schools are in a similar position.”
Whitchurch High in Cardiff ditched its sixth-form geology course to beat cuts.
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Unions say around 15,000 teachers and assistants have been axed in the last two years.
GMB president Barbara Plant said: “These horrifying stories show the desperate situation many schools face.”
Geoff Barton, of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: “We warned last year that class sizes were rising as a result of the funding crisis and the Government insisted this was not the case.”
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