Headteachers have welcomed the government’s intervention on spiralling energy costs but have warned it does not go far enough, as schools struggle with rising costs across the board.

School leaders have been raising the alarm in increasingly apocalyptic terms over huge hikes in energy bills, which threatened to blow carefully managed budgets and trigger financial meltdown.

“While it is positive to have more detail on the government’s plans to help schools with spiralling energy costs, we have real concerns that this just doesn’t go far enough,” said Paul Whiteman, the general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers.

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