On Tuesday 24 October, the National Education Union and our partners will hold a major public rally and lobby of Parliament.
In terms of how the money is shared out, it is clear the funding system shouldn’t be reformed to give more money to some schools by taking money away from others. Fairer school funding can only be achieved by putting more money into the system – so schools that need more money can receive it while other schools’ funding is protected.
At the same time as cuts to school funding, the effects of previous funding decisions taken since 2010 continue to be felt across England and Wales. Reductions to capital funding means an increasing backlog of repairs and renovations; inadequate early years funding denies nursery schools the money they need to survive; and FE and sixth form colleges have been hit even harder than schools by the past seven years of cuts.
We are calling on the Chancellor to invest in education and children and young people when he delivers his Budget statement to Parliament this autumn. We want:
- Additional funding to reverse all funding cuts to date the resources to implement a fair funding formula, and to ensure no school loses out in real terms over the next five years.
- To keep education funding a high priority, we’ll be debating school cuts at our fringe meetings and on our stand at TUC Congress and at party conferences.
If you want to be a part of our lobby on Tuesday 24 October, please visit https://neu.org.uk/funding and fill in the form We will then email you with further details.
Whether it’s Brexit, Donald Trump, Syria or the recent terror attacks in Manchester and London, national and international events are impacting on the lives of children and young people in schools up and down the country. Childline has reported a 35% increase in anxiety counselling sessions amongst young callers. Research indicates the reasons for the sharp rise are down to a combination of personal and political issues.
Teachers are increasingly being faced with questions and worries from young people. The NUT in partnership with EqualiTeach have developed a training course to help teachers respond in a supportive and effective fashion to young people’s questions and fears around these issues.
This training session will support participants to:
- address their concerns about working with young people on issues that worry or distress them
- explore techniques to deal with questions from young people
- effectively challenge prejudicial attitudes
- educate young people to help them to recognise misinformation and reject stereotypes, prejudice and hate
- help young people to become active citizens and create positive communities.
Click for more information on the event in Manchester (11th July 2017)
Click for more information on the event in London (12th July 2017)
The 2017 NUT supply teachers’ conference will be held on Saturday 24 June at NUT Headquarters, Hamilton House London. Registration starts at 10am and conference will run from 11.00-4.00pm. Please click here to register online and for further information.
The conference will continue to develop local and national strategies to tackle the issues affecting supply teachers, including rates of pay from agencies, use of unqualified staff and lack of pension provision, and promote supply teachers’ networking and involvement in the NUT and its wider campaigns.
The event is free of charge to NUT members.