We are working alongside Early Education, NEU and Unison to Save Maintained Nursery Schools.
We have been eagerly awaiting the government’s pledge to find a long-term solution to the funding of maintained nursery schools, left in limbo for the last four years. As we head towards the comprehensive spending review, it is critical now more than ever, that the chancellor delivers once and for all for the sector. We have continued to see maintained nursery schools, the jewel in the crown of the education service, under the threat of closure.
March to Downing Street (October 2021)
On Wednesday 20 October 2021, more than 200 of our members marched from Parliament Square to Downing Street to deliver a petition to the chancellor.
The petition was signed by more than 2,300 school leaders, staff and educators from almost every maintained nursery school in the country, and it calls on chancellor Rishi Sunak to take urgent action to provide adequate funding for maintained nursery schools, as well as extra support to address the impact of the pandemic.
Our delegation was joined by other teachers, parents and education campaigners, as well as a number of MPs. The whole day was a great success, and it received a lot of press and social media coverage, including this article in the Evening Standard.
NAHT national secretary Rob Kelsall said he couldn't be prouder of all those who had taken part in this latest action as part of our Fund Our Children's Future campaign. We now wait to see what announcements the chancellor will make in the budget and comprehensive spending review due next week.
In the meantime, take a look at some of the great images from a fantastic day of campaigning.