Over 50 schools across the London Borough of Ealing hung banners outside their gates on Tuesday 3 July to highlight the devastating level of cuts to education in the borough. Participating schools included primaries, secondaries and SEND settings. Ealing schools face cuts of £7.4 million over the next couple of years which will have a hugely negative impact on the ability of school leaders, teachers and governors to provide the education children in this part of London so rightly deserve. The impact of rising costs and need in the SEN sector are also having a knock-on effect on school budgets which are already at breaking point. The action taken in Ealing was organised locally by the Ealing branch of NAHT and is part of the national School Cuts campaign.
NAHT general secretary, Paul Whiteman, said ‘Our members are senior public servants and understand their responsibilities when it comes to their role as school leaders, they don’t take action lightly. The fact members in Ealing feel the need to highlight the dire situation regarding school budgets demonstrates the strength of feeling on this issue. The government needs to recognise the problem and must provide adequate funding for our schools. Education must be seen as an investment in the future and not a burden on the treasury.’
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First published 09 July 2018