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All urged to join 'Big School Assembly' against cuts in Coventry city centre tomorrow

Correspondent 15th May, 2017

COVENTRY’S ‘Big School Assembly’ takes place in the city centre tomorrow to demonstrate against cuts to schools.

All are invited to protest against what teachers’ representatives claim are the ‘biggest budget cuts to schools in a generation’ threatening teachers’ jobs and children’s education.

At 4.30pm in Broadgate, the public, teachers, pupils and parents, councillors and schools staff are asked to join in the protest.

The Conservatives and Prime Minister Theresa May insist funding for schools is at record levels.

They deny widespread claims there has been real terms cuts.

In addition, controversial proposals for a new funding formula – billed as redistributing funds to the poorest schools nationally – would see some schools losing funding.

The government funding formula changes are being opposed by Coventry headteachers and MPs.

Jane Nellist, secretary of organisers the National Union of Teachers Coventry branch, said: “We are calling on parents and the local community to join us in Broadgate to stand up for our schools and say no to cuts and to vote for education.

“These cuts will mean fewer teachers​,​ larger class sizes, fewer subject choices and less after-school ​activities.

“Please join us and together, let’s fight for the education that our children deserve​.”

The organisers add: “Schools in Coventry are facing the ​biggest cuts in a generation – over £29million worth of cuts.

“The government says it is protecting education funding. ​But this just isn’t true.

“In reality it is freezing the cash it gives to our schools and colleges, so that inflation cuts its value, whilst increasing what it takes from them in pensions and National Insurance contributions. ​Coupled with the fact that we have an increasing number of children for the money to go round.

“Any responsible government would be dealing with the real problems facing our education system – funding and the teacher recruitment crisis.

“But instead of dealing with these, this government is ploughing on with costly plans to make every school an academy, some schools grammars and the rest secondary moderns. It’s time for all of us to ‘Stand Up For Education !”

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