Trade unions, campaigners, councillors, parents and school students will march and rally on Tuesday to tell Philip Hammond he must:
- Reverse school cuts
- Increase funding for High Needs, Early Years and Post-16
- Implement and fully fund the STRB pay recommendations
The Chancellor has displayed his ignorance of the seriousness of the funding crisis by offering, in his Budget speech, £400m for what he calls “little extras”. This was widely viewed by teachers, head teachers and support staff as an insult, at a time when schools are suffering a £2bn shortfall in funding per year.
The march and rally bring together the National Education Union, the National Association of Head Teachers, Unison, the NEU Councillors Network, SEND National Crisis, Special Needs Jungle, Save Our Schools, and Fair Funding for Schools.
Speakers at the rally will include shadow education secretary Angela Rayner MP, NEU joint general secretary Kevin Courtney, Cllr Maggie Browning and Unison’s April Ashley. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been invited. The event will be chaired by Mary Bousted of NEU.
Date: Tuesday 20 November
5.30pm: assemble at Westminster Cathedral, Victoria Street, SW1P 1QW
6.00pm: march to Department for Education, then on to Emmanuel Centre, Marsham Street for rally