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
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