Viewpoint: This is the last chance to protect the standard of our education

PUBLISHED: 08:00 19 November 2017


Next week, the chancellor will deliver his Autumn Budget where he will have the last chance of the year to ensure a generation of school children in the East End are not denied the opportunities they deserve.

Ever since the government announced plans to change the way schools are funded, pupils, parents and teachers in the East End have mobilised to campaign against cuts to education funding. On October 25, our campaign was back in the Houses of Parliament to keep the pressure on the government to reverse its plans to cut school funding.

Despite the government in July committing £1.3 billion, there still remains a crisis in school funding.

Even if this announcement helps some schools, there is still a black hole of £2 billion of cuts, according to the National Union for School Leaders.

Next week is a precious opportunity to protect years of progress in education standards. It must not be squandered.

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