Commenting ahead of a banner release today (Thursday 24 October 2019) by the parent-led funding campaign group Save Our Schools, Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, said:
“Today’s action by parents shows that they are not fooled by the government’s claims about school and college funding.
“Budgets are still at breaking point. All the analysis of the government’s figures shows that they just about restore the cuts of recent years – nothing more.
“16,523 schools will have cuts in April 2020 compared to 2015. For the schools in the lowest funded areas, there’s no respite from the cuts in this academic year.
“Over the past few years children and their families have seen class sizes soar, teaching assistants laid off, subjects dropped, resources diminish, and school buildings fall into disrepair. It will take a lot more than the government is currently offering to truly restore education after a lost decade of austerity.”
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