School cuts fightback

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Campaigners in Lambeth, south London

Tory cuts to school funding in England, which could see the first real term cuts in 20 years, have prompted a fightback by teachers and parents. Hundreds have attended meetings across England to organise resistance to the attacks on education. A recent National Union of Teachers (NUT) survey found that in a majority of schools, staff expected the government’s new “funding formula” to lead to or add to already planned reductions in staffing, increased class sizes, reduced spending on books and equipment, and cuts to support for pupils with Special Educational Needs and English as a second language. As well as mass meetings of staff, parents and community members, some schools are balloting for strike action.

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