At this event, a figure will be announced of how much money is needed to rectify school and college funding and we will also plan next steps in the campaign against real-terms funding cuts.
Among the many speakers listed below, we can now confirm that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan will address the rally, alongside Layla Moran of the Liberal Democrats, Conservative councillor James McInnes representing the F40 group, and Vix Lowthion from the Green Party.
VENUE: Central Hall Westminster, Storey’s Gate, London SW1H 9NH
DATE: Saturday 22 June 2019
TIME: 10.30 – 15.00hrs followed by ‘Garden of cuts’ photo opportunity* in Parliament Square
Speakers include: Jeremy Corbyn MP (Labour leader), Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London), Vix Lowthion (Green Party education spokesperson), Layla Moran MP (Liberal Democrat education spokesperson), Geoff Barton (ASCL), Paul Whiteman (NAHT), Cllr James McInnes (f40 group of local authorities), Kevin Courtney (NEU), Emma Parker (NEU), Jean Evanson (NEU), Emma Knights (NGA), Dr Jo Grady (UCU), Kay Tart (Action for Education), and Poppy Rose (SEND National Crisis).
The event is supported by a large number of organisations: Action for Education, Association of Colleges, ASCL, f40, GMB, National Association of Head Teachers, National Education Union, NEU Councillors Network, National Governance Association, Save our Schools, School Cuts, SEND National Crisis, Sixth Form Colleges Association, Socialist Education Association, UCU, Unison.
Ahead of the rally, Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said:
“Schools have lost out on £5.4 billion since 2015, with 91% of schools suffering a per pupil funding cut. Further Education Colleges and Sixth Form Colleges have lost out even more. Promises to address school funding from Conservative Party leadership contestants, and rumours that the Prime Minister herself wants to give schools more money, demonstrates the cut-through power of this campaign despite the Government until this point consistently denying there is a problem. This conference will be addressing the ways head teachers, governors, MPs and parents can ensure we hold Government to account and get the money schools and colleges desperately need.”
If you would like press credentials for this event, please reply to this email or on the day call Caroline Cowie on 07879 480 061.
*Garden of Cuts photo op : This action will include attendees standing behind a free standing board of the impact of government cuts to schools in their local authority, with all 180 Local Authority Education spending cuts displayed on individual bill boards.