The Chancellor’s announcement confirms further real terms cuts in funding for schools and colleges. He confirmed that funding increases for schools will not cover the twin impact of inflation and rising pupil numbers.
Education funding lobby of Parliament
Our education funding lobby was a resounding success! We lobbied MPs, with lobbyists taking our message to Parliament loudly and clearly – invest, don’t cut! But we can’t leave it at that, we need to make sure that all MPs are aware of the crisis facing education funding.
Schools and colleges are struggling financially and the Government's plan to freeze school funding - cutting it in real terms - will only make things worse. Its plan to increase cuts to post 16 funding would put the entire sixth form colleges sector under threat. Click here to read more about the education funding crisis.
If you didn’t manage to join the national lobby, please get together with colleagues and arrange to visit your MP in their constituency soon and if you are unable to do that please email them using the template letter available here. Please ask your colleagues, friends and family members to do the same.
The Government's Trade Union Bill is an unprecedented attack on trade unions and the rights of working people. The Bill threatens civil liberties and would tie unions up in regulation. It is being considered in Parliament now and must be opposed. For details of this and how the Union is campaigning against the bill go here.
Profiting from poverty, DfID’s support for privatising education
The British Government is using aid money to privatise education across Africa and Asia. So called ‘low cost schools’ are still too expensive for many families and employ badly paid unqualified teachers.
The NUT, alongside a number of organisations, has submitted a report to the United Nations challenging DfID’s support for privatisation in education in developing countries. The press release can be read here.
Go here to email DfID to ask them to stop funding private companies exploiting the education market in Africa and Asia.
The NUT’s lobby of supply agencies in Central London was a great success. NUT members gathered outside the headquarters of Protocol Education and then moved on to Hays plc to voice their concerns about working as a supply teacher through an agency.