Demands for improved school budgets will see 1,000 headteachers marching on Parliament on Friday (28 September).
The headteachers will hand in a petition that is demanding the government provides a budget ‘that’s fit for purpose’ after years of budget cuts.
They say the lack of money has led to teacher redundancies, dilapidated schools and under resourced departments.
The heads also say that a new pay deal being offered for teachers is unfunded and will make their budget crisis even worse.
There are reports that schools are increasingly asking their parents to contribute financially with many schools combining classes with more thing 30 pupils in a bid to beat budgetary pressures.
However, the Department for Education says there is ‘more money than ever before going into schools’.
Headteachers from across England writing to parents
The grassroots campaign will also see headteachers from across England writing to parents to explain that their protest is without ‘political bias’ and ‘reasonable’. The letter also highlights that all of the protesters at London’s rally will be headteachers.
The march is not a union organised event and the leader of the headteachers’ union, the ASCL, Geoff Barton said such a move was ‘unprecedented’ and highlights the strength of feeling among headteachers.
The headteachers also point to evidence from the Institute for Fiscal Studies which reveals that since 2010, real terms per pupil funding has dropped by 8%.
The letter, organised by the Worthless? Campaign, has been sent to thousands of parents and is being supported by various educational trusts as well as school governors.
Headteachers are tired of searching for ‘government crumbs’
The organiser of the march is headteacher Jules White, from West Sussex, who said that ‘reasonably minded and moderate’ headteachers are tired of searching for ‘government crumbs’ to ensure schools run efficiently.
He added: “We cannot do more with much less.”
Damian Hinds, the Education Secretary, has already explained that he sees school funding as one of the biggest concerns facing schools today.
The DfE has rejected the argument over lack of investment and says that by 2020 there will be a record level of spending reaching £43.5 billion.
Also, the Department says that a new funding formula will lead to more cash being provided for school budgets and that since 2000, there’s been a 50% real terms increase in school budgets.