Protests against school budget cuts will be in Birmingham this weekend.
Schools in Birmingham are under threat – almost all schools face cuts in their budgets. Teaching assistants and teachers are losing their jobs, children are losing the support they need. Schools in England are facing average cuts of 8% per pupil by 2020. Since 2015, £2.8 billion has been cut from school budgets. The average primary school has lost £45,400 in funding and the average secondary school has lost £185,200.
The impact of the cuts is starting to show in the classroom: the latest data reveals that class sizes have grown in 73% of local authorities in England, while secondary schools have had to let go, on average, more than five staff members over the last two years
See how your school is affected. Go to the School Cuts website and find your school on the map or type in its name.
School Cuts is a national campaign calling on Parliament to take immediate action to protect children’s education and stop funding cuts to schools. It is supported by NEU, NAHT, GMB, Unison, Unite and ASCL.
what can you do? UNISON members and many others will be coming together to take action on 21 and 22 April Come along and give a hand with the leaflets and petitions.
City Centre 11am-2pm outside Midland Bank, New Street.
Erdington 10.30am-12pm outside the Co-op, High St.
Jon Richards, UNISON’s head of education, said: “This weekend is a chance for everyone to get involved to help save schools. There’s no hiding from it any more, the cuts are damaging our schools which means they are damaging our children’s futures.