Schools all over the country are being forced to close at lunchtime on Fridays in order to remain within their budgets. Many schools that have not yet taken this drastic measure are being forced to consider it. Could your school be next?
On 5 July, parents and children are joining forces to remind the government of their statutory obligation to fund schools properly. Give Me 5!
Give Me 5: descend on Westminster
On Friday 5 July, parents and children will descend on Westminster to ask the question – who will educate my child on Friday afternoon? Sympathetic MPs from all parties are going to meet us outside parliament and run activities for the children to keep them entertained.
Will you join us? Funding is available to support travel costs for parents and children. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Give Me 5: where you are and on social media
Take part in Give Me 5 where you are! Children, parents, teachers, whole schools and politicians can join in the Give Me 5 action in your own creative way.
Share 5 things that happen in your school on a Friday afternoon
Ask your child to write their 5 favourite things about school on a large hand shape
Write your personal message on your hand
One prominent MP will be doing a running high five down a line of school children!!!
What will you do? Film or photograph your action and share on social media on 5 July 2019 #GiveMe5 #SaveOurSchools
The school funding crisis is ongoing. Brighton and Hove schools lost more than £15 million between 2015 and 2019 and our children are feeling the impact.
Local elections will take place on May 2. Make sure canvassers know you care about education and challenge them on their actions.
Even though decisions about funding are not made at a local level, political parties want to know what voters care about. Your message that you are concerned about school funding WILL be fed back to the national level.
Print one of our hard-hitting posters NOW!
Choose your fave from the selection below (ours is definitely ballot box!)
Printed versions will be distributed at schools around the city. If you would like a print copy, or would be willing to give them out outside your school, please email us at email@example.com .
On 19 Oct, people all over the country will be taking action against school funding cuts : we’re flossing 4 funding. You can join us! Toolkit of useful resources below.
We will show Phillip Hammond, Nick Gibb and Damian Hinds just how many parents, carers, and grandparents, like heads, teachers and governors, are deeply concerned about the school funding crisis and the damage it is doing to our children.
There have been 8% cuts to pupil funding since 2010, our schools and children are suffering. Headteachers say “there’s nothing left to cut!”
Tell the Chancellor #budget2018 must fund our schools properly and undo the damage.
Do the Floss4Funding!
Here’s how it works.
The action will take place on Friday 19 Oct – it doesn’t matter if its morning, afternoon, night, but it will have more impact if it is all on the same day.
Get parents, teachers, kids ( or friends, family, sports team, or work colleagues) together – in a playground, staffroom, on the train. Get creative!
Do the floss and film it (better if there is some music!)
Include in the film basic info about who and where you are – eg by holding up paper with it scribbled on or (if you know how, add it afterwards)
Post your film on twitter, facebook or Instagram* on Friday 19 Oct with the following message:
[insert school or local authority name here] parents say: 8% cuts to pupil funding since 2010, our schools and children are suffering. Listen to parents and pupils. #budget2018 must fund our schools properly and undo the damage. #floss4funding#parentsteachersunite#budget2018
Make sure that Philip Hammond, Damian Hinds, Nick Gibb and your local MP see your floss by tagging them.
On Twitter: @DamianHinds @nickgibbuk @PhilipHammondUK @YourLocalMP*
On Facebook: @nickgibbofficial @damian.hinds @hmtreasury @YourLocalMP*
Instagram: details tbc – we’re not sure Phil Hammond has an insta account ; )
On 28th September over 1,000 headteachers will march on Westminster to ask for more funding. When headteachers revolt, things must be bad. Here we share the letter that has gone out to tens of thousands of parents across the country in full.
We stand with all headteachers marching on Friday. Show your support by sharing this image on social media or making your own – details on hashtags etc below.
But first, here’s that letter in full:
Dear Parent or Carer
Mass Headteacher Action – 28 September 2018
I am making contact to let you know that on Friday 28 September, I will be joining hundreds of other Headteachers from across the country in support of a mass event intended to gain much improved funding for all schools.
Headteachers will have the full support of their Governing Bodies/Trusts as we continue to champion the best possible funding for all our schools. I will remain steadfastly determined, relentlessly reasonable and act without any political bias. These have been the hallmarks of our campaign work to date.
You will be aware of the challenges that schools up and down the country are facing. A mixture of rising costs and stresses on other support services has meant that for many years we have been being asked “to do more with less”.
Under a challenging period of austerity for the Government we understand that there is not a bottomless pit of money. Accordingly, schools have played their part to work even harder and with greater efficiency on behalf of the children and families that we serve.
It is clear to all Headteachers, however, that matters are unsustainable. Frequently, we do not have enough money to meet the demands placed on our schools. On the ground, services and resources are cut to the bone and class sizes are increasing. At times, schools are even having to prop up our budgets with monies that should be targeted at those students from the most disadvantaged backgrounds, or those that have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).
Under the umbrella of the campaign group ‘Worth Less?’, Headteachers have shone a light on the funding difficulties that we are facing. We acknowledge that the Government should be given credit for introducing a new National Funding Formula. Unfortunately, however, the formula itself is not adequately resourced/funded and therefore our budgets remain in an unacceptably poor state.
In July, the Institute for Fiscal Studies echoed what we have been saying for a long time and confirmed that, in real terms, school budgets have been slashed by 8% since 2010. https://www.ifs.org.uk/publications/13143
It is simply not good enough for the Government to state that “more money is spent on schools than ever before”, when independent evidence clearly states that in real terms, this is simply not the case.
Headteachers will gather at Downing Street to insist that the chancellor and his colleagues at the Department for Education use the upcoming autumn statement to invest properly in our schools and your child’s education. Many of the real terms cuts to our budgets should be reversed and urgent investment is required for SEND and post-16 budgets.
The support that we have enjoyed from parents and carers has been very welcome and we will continue to update you on all of our forthcoming actions. We are determined to campaign until a much better and fairer settlement is reached in order to support your child/children and the future prosperity of the country as a whole.
Headteachers up and down the country
Its scary to hear, and scary for heads to be taking this radical step. Lets show our support. Share the image above with the message below to show we are united in standing up for our children’s future.
On 28th September, 1000 headteachers will march on Downing St to demand that 8 years of #schoolcuts are reversed . We stand with them. Share this message or do a headstand of your own to show your support!! #headstandingwithheads #stillnotlistening #parentsteachersunite #saveourschools @DamianHinds @PhilHammondUK
Save Our Schools (SOS) Brighton & Hove is today launching a citywide callout to teachers and parents to share their stories revealing the true cost of underfunding in the school system. Watch our film about the impact of cuts and why it is important to speak out about them.
#CutsTheRealStories comes in response to the discovery that teachers are caught in a Catch 22 situation when faced with the decision about speaking out or staying quiet about the state of their schools as a result of crippling funding cuts.
Last year we conducted a survey of 50 schools across Brighton & Hove to find out how they were coping with the cuts. You can see the results in the Catalogue of the Cuts . The findings completely contradicted Government rhetoric claiming that schools were better funded than ever, yet when Save Our Schools asked Headteachers to comment they found many were too afraid to speak out about for fear of reprisal.
Save Our Schools are encouraging anyone who has a story to tell about the impact of the cuts to speak out – whether anonymously or not.
The only way the Government will acknowledge the extent of the crisis is by schools, parents and pupils speaking out and sharing the stories that the Government doesn’t want us to hear. Share your story now.
When school funding is cut, it’s our children who pay the price. It’s time all of us – heads, teachers, parents and students – share our stories, so that the scale of this national scandal can be understood.
Last year we collected some scary statistics about what schools in Brighton and Hove have been forced to cut as result of cuts to school funding. Now we want to collect the stories behind the cuts.
We want to hear your stories of how Government cuts are affecting your schools and your lives. Maybe music classes have been axed? Maybe the school roof is leaking? Maybe your school has lost valuable teaching assistants? Maybe class sizes are growing? Maybe you are are teacher who is thinking of quitting?
The writing was on the walls of London for the Chancellor last night as we projected“ Save Our Schools – Fund Our Future” against high profile buildings. In an amazing awareness raising stunt, Steve Coogan joined Save Our Schools parents to project hard-hitting motion graphics against the Science Museum, Tate Britain, the Treasury and the Houses of Parliament.
In a week that has seen head teachers descend on Downing St, politicians continuing to raise questions in Parliament, parents once again took to the streets to highlight the plight of our schools. Actor Steve Coogan joined Save Our Schools campaigners to kick off a night of guerrilla actions at London’s Science Museum.
We started outside the Science Museum because we have a proud history of producing amazing scientists: biologists, physicists, chemists, astronauts and astronomers. Yet with the education system in crisis, class sizes growing, buildings crumbling and teachers leaving the profession in droves, we worry about where the future Stephen Hawkings, Tim Peakes and Maggie Aderin-Pocock will come from.
We moved onto the Treasury, where we projected Phillip Hammonds face. As parents are increasingly being asked to dig deep into their pockets to pay for school essentials like toilet roll, he now needs to dig deep to fund the education that our children deserve.
Our message was loud and clear on the Houses of Parliament. While the Government continues to deny there is a crisis, school buildings are crumbling, teachers are leaving, subjects are vanishing and children are suffering.
National Education Union joint general secretary Kevin Courtney says: “Save Our Schools alongside the National Education Union are acutely aware of the impact insufficient school funding is having on children and young people’s education. Parent-led SoS know first-hand the problems that head teachers are facing simply to balance the books. No one should stand by and see our class sizes increased, subject choice reduced, extra-curricular activities cut and teachers and school staff not replaced. Save Our Schools parents have worked tirelessly to bring this unacceptable state of affairs to the Government’s attention.”
Help us share this message widely. Share this post, write to your MP. Download the projection and do your own!
Help us tell the chancellor that we do not believe their rhetoric, he needs to save our schools and fund our future, starting with the Budget on 22nd November. Take action like your kids’ education depended on it.
This week headteachers descended on Downing St, politicians continue to raise questions in parliament and we parents are once again taking to the streets. We all are sending the same message: Our schools are in crisis due to chronic underfunding. The chancellor needs to take steps to address the crisis – Save Our Schools – Fund Our Future.
We will join Steve Coogan to take our message to the streets of London! Follow our action on twitter at @saveschoolsuk
When challenged about school funding at Parliamentary Questions this week, Teresa May continued to deny that there was a crisis in education, instead wheeling out the same old line about record levels of funding. Our catalogue of the cuts [LINK] exposes the truth behind that rhetoric. It tells a sobering story of staff cuts; building work cancelled; arts, music, sport and mental health provision slashed.
We know that the much cited “additional funding” of 1.3 billion which was found from within the education budget does not address the funding crisis. The Institute for Fiscal Studies reported that all this additional funding does is to reduce the real terms cut from 6.5% to 4.6% between 2015 and 2019.
Teresa May claimed in parliament that she is building a Britain fit for the future – but with schools crumbling, teachers leaving, headteachers marching on downing street and education in crisis, we wonder whose future? By taking money from our childrens’ education they are stealing futures, not building them.
Our country faces an uncertain future, our children will shape whether we grasp that future or are overwhelmed by it: will we continue to play a major role on the world stage through our innovation, our entrepreneurialism, our industry and our creativity whether in science, technology, music, arts – or are we doomed to stagnation? The future generation will determine this. Now is not the time to be making cuts to their education. Come on Phillip Hammond: Fund their future, fund our future.