‘Unprecedented’ march for post-16s education
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.