Teachers and students to march for education

By agency reporter
November 20, 2018

Trade unions, campaigners, councillors, parents and school students will march and rally on 20 November 2018 to tell Philip Hammond he must:

  • Reverse school cuts
  • Increase funding for High Needs, Early Years and Post-16
  • Implement and fully fund the School Teachers Review Body (STRB) pay recommendations

The National Education Union says the Chancellor has displayed his ignorance of the seriousness of the funding crisis by offering, in his Budget speech, £400 million for what he called “little extras”. This was widely viewed by teachers, head teachers and support staff as an insult, at a time when schools are suffering a £2 billion 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, NEU joint General Secretary Kevin Courtney, Cllr Maggie Browning and Unison’s April Ashley. The event will be chaired by Mary Bousted of the NEU.  

Marchers will assemble at 5.30pm at Westminster Cathedral, march to Department for Education at 6pm, then on to the Emmanuel Centre, Marsham Street for a rally.

* National Education Union https://neu.org.uk/

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