‘Un­prece­dented’ march for post-16s ed­u­ca­tion

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HEADS are set to march along­side their stu­dents as the North East’s col­leges rise up in protest over cuts they say are “short-chang­ing stu­dents”.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of post-16 schools and col­leges from across the coun­try plan to rally at Par­lia­ment Square, West­min­ster, next Wed­nes­day.

The march, de­scribed as “un­prece­dented” by the ed­u­ca­tion unions who jointly or­gan­ised it, will see heads and CEOs of ma­jor sixth form and fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion col­leges protest along­side teach­ers and stu­dents.

They will de­mand a 5% in­crease in fund­ing for 16-19 ed­u­ca­tion ev­ery year for five years, with more ring-fenced fund­ing for in­creas­ing pay and rev­ers­ing cuts they claim have amounted to a 30% re­duc­tion in fund­ing over the last ten years.

Among those march­ing from the North East will be rep­re­sen­ta­tives of East Durham Col­lege, New Col­lege Durham, New­cas­tle Col­lege, New­cas­tle Sixth Form Col­lege, Northum­ber­land Col­lege, Sun­der­land Col­lege and Tyne Coast Col­lege.

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