Parliamentary Candidates & School Cuts

Communication from Andrew Baisley (School Cuts Campaign) to Peter Smith, NTA Secretary

Your parliamentary candidates will promise to protect school funding if we put enough pressure on them – that’s why we’ve set up an exciting new tool for you to email them and record their responses.

You can email all your candidates, with the touch of a button, to ask them to promise to protect our schools.

Click here to ask your candidates to commit to protecting school funding

Click here to email your candidates now

Weekend of Action for Schools, 20-21 May

We also want to make next weekend a ‘Weekend of Action for Schools’ and I want to invite you to a local event near you. From street stalls to door-to-door leafleting, people like you will be out on the streets with a message to vote for education.

Click here to find your nearest Vote for Education event using your postcode

Click here to find an event near you

If you would like to set up an event, just go here and click ‘host an event’ to set up an account and post your activity.

Thank you for your continued support, together we can win for education.

Best wishes,

Andrew Baisley
School Cuts campaign co-ordinator

Promoted by the National Union of Teachers on behalf of School Cuts

Unions ask Parliamentary candidates to pledge to raise school funding

The NUT, ATL , NAHT and GMB are asking every candidate in every constituency in England and Wales to promise that they will address the funding crisis in our schools, which will see schools facing cuts of up to £3 billion a year by 2020.

The four unions have updated the Schools Cuts website – – so that voters can email each Parliamentary candidate asking them to oppose cutting the funding for every pupil in real terms in schools. By putting a postcode into the website the candidates in the area will appear and the website enables everyone to send an email to each candidate asking them to oppose the real terms funding cuts for schools.

At the last general election the Conservatives promised to protect the money ‘following your child into school’. This is a promise that was broken and we are now seeing the worst cuts to school budgets in a generation.


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4 - Learning
NUT says:
Most students like school and teachers want to teach. But unnecessary and high-stakes testing and exams get in the way of education. The curriculum has narrowed. The arts, technical and vocational education find it harder to keep their place. Primary and secondary schools are teaching to the test. Problems of stress and mental health are rising – for students and teachers. There are better alternatives. Powerful voices are calling for a new approach, that learns from other countries, and addresses the future not the past.
What you can do:
Ask your candidates to support More than a Score, a coalition of parents, teachers and educators that campaigns against SATs and for a different primary assessment system.
Ask them to support a change in secondary schools so creative subjects are valued equally to others.


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3: Increasing selection
The NUT says:
The Government wants to expand grammar schools and selective education. Research – by an organisation the Government supports – says the highest-performing systems in the world are non-selective. Selection for the few is rejection for the many.
What you can do:
Ask your candidate to oppose increasing selection and opening new grammar schools or streams. 
If they are in favour, ask them for evidence to support their policy.

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2 - Poverty
The NUT says:
We are the sixth largest economy in the world yet our levels of child poverty are shocking. More than four million children grow up in poverty – 30 per cent of all children. With cuts and austerity, this number is rising. Poor children do not learn as well as better-off children. Hunger affects concentration. Parents in poverty do not easily find the money for trips, books and other essentials.
What you can do:
Find out if your candidate supported the benefit cuts which affected so many families and, if they did, ask them why. 
Ask if they have talked to teachers and heads about what they can do to stop families falling into poverty.


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1 - Funding
What the NUT says:
The Government has cut school funding by £2.2 billion since 2015. Between now and 2020, it wants to cut £3 billion more. Ninety-nine per cent of schools will suffer funding cuts. That’s virtually every primary and secondary school in the country.

This will mean: Fewer teachers. Larger classes. Less subject choice. Cuts in after-school activities. Fewer teaching assistants. Nursery schools closing

The very young, the poor and those with special needs and disabilities will be worst affected.
What you can do:
Find out how much schools in your community will lose at
Ask every candidate standing for election to pledge to oppose school cuts.
Ask them to send a message of support to the school cuts campaign.

Rally 18/05/2017: “Speak Out For Education”

Speak Out For Education Rally

Thursday 18/05/2017
Old Palace Yard
London SW1
Opposite Parliament

NTA Committee Member Moyra Samuels will be taking the Newham Teachers’ Association Banner.

Please join the NTA banner at the meeting.

Speak Out For Education Campaign
Speak Out For Education Campaign

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