Teach­ers march over ed­u­ca­tion cuts

Labour leader Cor­byn to speak at rally about bud­get losses of more than £600m

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

TEACH­ERS, par­ents, gov­er­nors and sup­port staff from across London are be­ing urged to march on Par­lia­ment and the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion next week in protest over ed­u­ca­tion cuts.

The London re­gion of the Na­tional Union of Teach­ers (NUT) has or­gan­ised the rally on Thurs­day Novem­ber 17 to cam­paign against fund­ing cuts they claim will hit the cap­i­tal’s schools par­tic­u­larly hard.

Labour leader Jeremy Cor­byn and Kevin Court­ney, gen­eral sec­re­tary of the NUT, will speak at the rally.

Last week the NUT and ed­u­ca­tion union ATL launched school­cuts.org. uk, an in­ter­ac­tive map of Eng­land’s schools that shows the likely ef­fect on ev­ery school if plans to re­dis­tribute school fund­ing goes ahead.

The NUT says the cal­cu­la­tions show London’s schools will be badly hit

Across the cap­i­tal as a whole, the union pre­dicts real terms losses to school bud­gets will to­tal more than £600 mil­lion – equiv­a­lent to the loss of more than 16,000 teach­ers.

It says al­most all (99 per cent) of London’s schools could face bud­get cuts in real terms over the next four years and one in eight stands to lose more than £1,000 per pupil from their bud­gets.

Next Thurs­day’s rally takes place a week be­fore the Chan­cel­lor of the Ex­che­quer an­nounces his au­tumn state­ment.

Protesters will meet at 5pm out­side White­hall, op­po­site Down­ing Street, be­fore march­ing past Par­lia­ment and the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion to an in­door rally in the Em­manuel Cen­tre SW1P 3DW, where Mr Cor­byn and Mr Court­ney will speak.

Mr Court­ney said: “No head teacher should be put in the po­si­tion of in­creas­ing class sizes, leav­ing build­ing re­pairs un­done or cut­ting staff and re­sources sim­ply to bal­ance the books.

“Nor should any par­ent ac­cept this for their child. We are one of the rich­est coun­tries in the world. We can and we should be fund­ing our schools prop­erly.”

Martin Pow­ell-Davies, NUT London re­gional sec­re­tary, added: “We in­vite par­ents, gov­er­nors and sup­port staff to join teach­ers at our rally and call on the govern­ment to in­vest in chil­dren’s fu­ture by in­creas­ing the over­all fund­ing for schools.

“If the govern­ment fails to act and in­stead sim­ply seeks to re­dis­tribute an in­suf­fi­cient to­tal bud­get, the con­se­quences will be dev­as­tat­ing, par­tic­u­larly in London.”

(From left) Labour leader Jeremy Cor­byn, NUT gen­eral sec­re­tary Kevin Court­ney and Martin Pow­ell-Davies

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