Posted on: 03/10/2017

On 4th October at approximately 3.00pm Great Torrington School, will be joining with hundreds of other schools throughout England in the Arms around our Schools action called by national campaign groups Save our Schools together with Fairer Funding for All Schools. Staff, pupils and parents will link arms around their school to protest against continued real-terms funding cuts to over 90% of UK schools.

On 14th September the Secretary of State for Education Justine Greening gave a statement on a revised funding formula for schools in which she openly acknowledged that many schools have been underfunded. While the new funding formula (which determines how the funding pot is divided between schools) is welcome, it does not solve the funding crisis.

That’s because there is no new money available from the Treasury under the revised formula. The extra money announced on 14th September amounts to no more than smoke and mirrors: taking money from other budgets within the Department for Education, such as healthy meals and sports provision and still leaving 90 per cent of schools facing real-terms cuts. The amount pledged is less than half the amount needed just to bring school funding up to 2010 levels.

For our children this means fewer qualified teachers, the loss of valuable teaching assistants, soaring class sizes, the loss of enrichment activities in schools and a narrowing curriculum. Our children only get one chance at their education and we can’t stand by and watch this happen.

On 4th October, schools in areas including Brighton, Birmingham, Manchester, Lancaster, Morecambe, Isle of Wight, Devon, and throughout London will join in this action – teachers, parents and children simultaneously linking arms around their local schools in a symbolic act of protection. The funding crisis in education has not been resolved and campaigners are sending a clear message to the government that we stand united in our demand for more money for schools in the Autumn Budget on 22nd November 2017. 

Parents will be capturing the event with photos and videos and posting them on social media and sending them on to Justine Greening with the strap-line ‘Arms around our Schools’.

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