One thousand headteachers are set to attend a mass rally outside Parliament to demand more money for schools. Tes reports.
The heads, from the Worth Less? campaign, want the government to ensure that its long-awaited teacher pay announcement is fully funded.
They are also calling for emergency funding for sixth forms, and to support pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), including those with “high needs”.
On September 28 , the campaigners plan to gather at Parliament Square, before delivering a petition to Downing Street.
Headteacher Jules White, who founded Worth Less?, said the event was “completely unprecedented” due to its scale and the involvement of heads from the furthest corners of England.
He said they are not campaigning for higher teacher pay, but for enough money to pay for a fair settlement.
Their message to government, he said, is: “You will cripple us if you direct us to make [pay] increases without more funding.”
“Hundreds of millions has been wasted on structures, governance arrangements and pet projects which provide little more than a positively spun sound bite to the general public.”
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