Headteachers to march on Downing Street over funding cuts – Video

Around 1,000 headteachers are due to march on Downing Street in an unprecedented protest over funding. Organisers of the grassroots protest say school leaders from across England also will deliver a petition to Number 10. Sky News reports. 

It is the first time school leaders have staged a demonstration in this way, campaigners say.

It comes after figures reveal that the number of secondary schools in England running at a loss had nearly trebled in four years.

The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) said government figures show that £2.8bn has been cut from schools budgets in the last three years.

Compared to last year, England’s schools have 137,000 more pupils but 5,400 fewer teachers, and 2,800 fewer teaching assistants, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Judy Shaw, vice-president of the NAHT, says some schools are “on the brink of collapse”.

“We just haven’t got the money to pay for things anymore. In the past, if we needed extra support for special educational needs or a speech therapist or behavioural psychologist then that was funded centrally via the local authority. Now we have to find money from our own budgets – and the money simply isn’t there any more.

Headteacher Rachel Burton at Riverside Junior School in Hebden Bridge said she spends more time patching up the school than running it. 

“When bits of the school start falling off, it’s a toss up between fixing the roof and helping to support a child.

“The government need to wake up to the reality. We cannot teach like this.”

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