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School funding still in crisis: regional school summits

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We are hosting events across the country to shine a light on the impact the funding crisis is having on UK schools. Teachers, school leaders, governors, MPs and parents will join together to campaign for an investment in education.

These summits are free to attend and are available to members and non-members.  To join an event or for more information on setting up your own, email our team on

North East education summit with Ian Mearns MP - 16 November 

You are invited to join local MPs, councillors, school leaders, governors and parents at the NAHT North East Education Summit. Coming a few weeks after the budget, we will be digesting what the Chancellor's announcements mean for our schools. We will be particularly focusing on funding for schools in the North East, the deficit in high needs funding and the future for maintained nursery schools. All North East MPs have been invited, and we are delighted to confirm Ian Mearns, MP for Gateshead and member of the Education Select Committee, will be speaking. We hope to add others to the line up in due course.

This event will take place from 1.30pm to 4.30pm at Emirates Riverside, Durham County Cricket Club, Chester-le-Street, DH3 3QR. 

March for education in London - 20 November 

Tell Damian Hinds that enough is enough! We will be marching with colleagues to call on the government to fund schools properly, fund support for children with SEND and implement the STRB report. 

The march will assemble at 6pm at Westminster Cathedral, Victoria Street, London, SW1P 1QW. 

Bedfordshire conference - 21 November 

School leaders from branches across Bedfordshire have teamed up to organise an education conference in the county aimed at providing members with the very latest developments on the education scene. The conference is open to all members in the Eastern region. Delegates will hear from NAHT general secretary Paul Whiteman, leading educationalist Sir John Jones and policy and campaign experts, Ian Hartwright and Rob Kelsall on the latest on accountability and school funding. Tickets are limited, so to avoid disappointment book now here

This event will take place from 1pm to 4.30pm at the Rufus Centre, Steppingley Road, Flitwick, MK45 1AH.

Somerset half-day training, funding and AGM - 30 November 

 In November, Somerset school leaders are invited to spend the morning at Canalside, Bridgwater to hear from Rob Kelsall, national secretary NAHT, and NAHT regional officer, Rae Bull. Attendees will get the latest information and updates on the funding campaign as well as a run-down of future events. 

This event will take place from 9am to 1.30pm at Canalside, Marsh Lane, Bridgwater, Somerset TA6 6LQ. 


Empty promises: the crisis in supporting children with SEND - 7 December 

Our recent survey of school leaders on supporting children with SEND provided a powerful testimony of an education system struggling to meet the needs of its most vulnerable pupils.

In response, we're working together with parents and school leaders to press the government on the urgent need for more high needs funding.

We want to hear about the reality of supporting children with SEND in the face of the continuing funding crisis. You will also get the chance to hear from our speakers who will motivate, stimulate and move you.

  • Carrie Grant - TV personality, voice coach and parent of children with SEND
  • Sabrina Hobbs - principal, Severndale Specialist Academy
  • Amanda Elliot - Hackney SEND Parents' Group
  • Rob Kelsall - NAHT national secretary (campaigns and organising)
  • Vic Goddard - head of Passmores academy, the school featured in the Channel 4 series Educating Essex. 

This event will take place from 9.30am to 1pm at Aston Wood Golf Club, Blake Street, Little Aston, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B74 4EU.  

First published 09 November 2018