Protesters to highlight shortfall in school funds.
Byline: Hannah Graham Reporter email@example.com @HannahGraham21
TEACHERS and parents will gather in Newcastle next weekend to demand more funding for the region's schools.a Organisers say the rally, at Grey's Monument, is intended to "build a campaign" against predicted cuts in education funding.
According to the National Audit Office (NAO), across the country, schools will need to find an extra PS3bn by 2020 to continue offering their current services because a number of unavoidable costs will go up, with no extra money to cover them.
Without this cash, protestors argue, school leaders will be faced with stark choices, having to cut staff, shorten the school day, or reduce subjects on offer.
The previous government recently implemented a new funding formula, which they argued addressed historic imbalances in how schools were funded, redistributing fund to give over half of the country's schools more money.
But campaigners say that, without an overall increase in the amount allocated to education, the new formula does little to address concerns. Daniel Kebede, teacher and assistant secretary of the North Tyneside division of the National Union of Teachers (NUT), said: "It will mean bigger class sizes, less help for children with special needs, less subject choice. I think eventually we will end up with a lot of subjects being taught by teachers who aren't specialists in that area."
According to the website schoolcuts. org, set up by teacher unions to highlight the predicted cuts, Newcastle is set to lose PS416 for every pupil, or the salaries of 359 teachers, by 2020. In North Tyneside, it's 284 teachers - a PS10,584,488 budget cut in three years.
Fellow teacher and division secretary Glen Bowman added: "Schools in the North will be hit hard and, if schools continue to reduce staff levels in line with their new budgets, it will clearly impact negatively upon class sizes, subject choices, SEND [special educational needs and disability], and pastoral support and resources.
"We hope the demo, which is well supported by a variety of other professional associations and parent-led campaigners, will highlight the way in which our region's schools are being asked to do even more with less, which directly impacts our region's children and those who undertake important work in our education system."
Protestors will gather at Grey's Monument on Saturday, May 27 at 12.30pm.
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|Publication:||The Journal (Newcastle, England)|
|Date:||May 18, 2017|
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