March 4 Schools: Save Our Schools (SOS) West Sussex
More than 500 people marched for fair funding for schools in West Sussex on Saturday 21 April.
Local parents, school children, teachers and union representatives took to the streets of Worthing to urge the government to adequately fund schools across the county. Schools in West Sussex are facing nearly a £9million deficit in funding as a result of rising costs and inflation levels. Jules White, Headteacher of Tanbridge House school in Horsham and leader of the WorthLess? campaign opened the rally by highlighting that schools in West Sussex receive 70% less funding than schools in some areas of London.
He said "I don't want London schools to have less, I want West Sussex schools to have more. The school funding crisis is not a myth, it's why we are all here." Mel Pickett, SOS campaigner and local parent said: “Hundreds of families from across West Sussex have come down to send a loud and clear message. There is a funding crisis taking hold in our schools right here right now and we are calling on the Government to adequately fund schools and give our children the education they deserve.”
Zoe Barton, President of West Sussex NEU/NUT Section, said: “The government is using money to fund free schools and other vanity projects while schools in areas like West Sussex are facing nearly £9million in cuts. The costs facing schools to implement things like the new GCSE and A levels are coming at the same time as increasing class sizes and falling teacher numbers, so maintaining the high standards of education our children deserve is unsustainable.”
John Gadd, Headteacher at Thomas a Becket School in Worthing said: “We’ve got to continue to stand up for what’s fair and right. Our children’s’ education is being short-changed, their life chances short-changed and our country’s future short-changed. The number of people here today show the strength of feeling and by working together we’ll get our voices heard.” Rob Kelsall, National Secretary of the NAHT said: “It’s been a great pleasure to join the march in Worthing today and once again I’m taken aback by the support and strength of feeling of parents and grandparents in their campaign to get Government to sit up and listen. NAHT continues to back parents in their inspirational efforts to reverse school funding cuts.”
A big thank you
To all of you who marched through Worthing with us, with your families, homemade banners, whistles and drums, thank you. We made some noise in the fight for funding (with a little help from the Thomas A Becket Samba band!). We were marching...
For fair funding
For a good education
For all our children
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