Teachers’ union unveils billboard on M6 setting out scale of education cuts to Birmingham schools
The National Union of Teachers (NUT) is today launching a billboard on Birmingham’s Spaghetti Junction warning of school cuts. Under Conservative plans, £94,086,361 will be taken out of Birmingham’s schools budget in real terms between now and 2021/22.
The www.schoolcuts.org.uk website reveals what the three main political party pledges on education funding will mean for education in England.
The Conservative education plans would result in an £8.9billion real terms cut in education by 2022 when taking into account inflation and growing pupil numbers.
A new video from NUT revealing the scale of cuts went viral when launched just over a week ago. It has now been viewed over 4 million times.
Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:
“More and more voters are realising that the future of our schools is at stake in this election. In places like Birmingham we anticipate almost £100 million being taken out of the schools budget.
”This is a staggering figure. Schools already cannot afford to provide the education which children and young people deserve. Begging letters for money and resources are commonplace, class sizes are increasing, staff are being cut, and buildings are going unrepaired.
“This is simply not good enough. Whoever wins this election must be aware school funding has to be a priority. We urge people to think about education when casting your vote.”
The billboard will appear today (6 June) at Spaghetti Junction. The image is attached below. Photos of the billboard in its location are available on request.
A breakdown of Birmingham schools is attached below, with funding projections according to Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat manifesto pledges. The £95m figure is based on column G.