There will be 43 fewer teaching positions this fall, says the superintendent of the Prince Edward Island English Language School Board.

The allotment, which came from the province's education department in April, has been divided among the schools, Cynthia Fleet said.

Fleet said she doesn't consider it a significant reduction.

"We don't want any reduction in support for our students. But given that there are 57 schools in the school district, that's less than one teacher per school on average," said Fleet.

"And certainly some schools will see an increase and some a decrease simply because of the change in demographics and the enrolment."

Enrolment is expected to drop by more than 400 students this fall. Fleet said that will account for some teaching cuts.

Fleet said other changes could include combined grades and some cuts to support positions.

The province has said cuts will only be made through attrition.