Friday 4 November 2016

School staff, parents and governors rally in London on 17 November to oppose school cuts

London schools face losses of over £600 million 

Today, in a separate press release (1), the NUT and ATL are announcing the launch of  (2) – an interactive map of England’s schools which shows the likely effect on every school of plans to redistribute the existing funding between schools in England. 

Those calculations indicate that London’s schools will be particularly badly hit if the Government maintains its plans to shift the already inadequate overall school funding around the country:

•             In London, we anticipate real terms cuts of 16% in Southwark, Lambeth and Hackney and of 15% in Haringey and Kensington & Chelsea.

•             Justine Greening’s own constituency of Putney should expect a 13% loss, or £740 per pupil. Jeremy Corbyn’s constituency (Islington North) faces a 10% loss or £577 per pupil.

•             Across the capital as a whole, the predicted real terms losses to school budgets total more than £600 million, equivalent to the loss of over 16,000 teachers.

•             Almost all (99%) of London’s schools could face budget cuts in real terms over the next four years.  One in eight London schools stands to lose over £1,000 per pupil from their budgets.

NUT holding London rally and demonstration on 17 November

School cuts of this magnitude will have a devastating effect on London’s schools. That’s why the NUT is calling a rally and demonstration on the evening of Thursday 17 November. Taking place in Westminster just a week before the Chancellor is announcing his autumn statement, our march is being called to make sure our ‘Invest, Don’t Cut’ message is clearly heard in Westminster.

Event details:

Demonstration assembling at 17:00 in Whitehall, opposite Downing Street.

March past Parliament and Department of Education to rally in Emmanuel Centre, SW1P 3DW.

Indoor Rally from 18:30. Speakers include Kevin Courtney (NUT General Secretary) and Jeremy Corbyn (Leader of the Labour Party).

London NUT calls on the Government to invest in education

As was confirmed in a Parliamentary answer this week (3), some schools are already facing severe budget difficulties. The NUT and ATL’s budget predictions indicate that many more schools will face a funding crisis, particularly in London, unless the Government acts urgently to inject additional funding.

Kevin Courtney, General Secretary, National Union of Teachers:

“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, London Regional Secretary, National Union of Teachers:

“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.”  


The website enables users to see precisely how each individual school could be affected in real terms by the Government’s intention to implement a new funding formula for schools alongside real terms cuts to funding per pupil and cost increases being imposed by the Government.
By entering a post code on the website homepage, visitors can see how all the schools in that area are likely to fare between now and 2020 and how that estimated funding loss equates into numbers of teacher posts.

The formula used in the website is based on the Government’s own spending plans and school data, Institute for Fiscal Studies projections for the cost of inflation and other cost increases, and the new funding formula proposed by the influential f40 campaign group of local authorities.

3)            ‘Schools in debt as funding gap bites’


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