Yesterday in Nantwich hundreds of parents and local school children joined forces to protest against the proposed cuts to the education budget.
They were joined by local teachers and Cheshire East Councillors all united and opposed to the proposed damaging cuts.
Although invited, Conservative MP for Crewe and Nantwich, Edward Timpson, did not attend merely instructing his office to say he was unavailable.
Campaign organiser, local mum and teacher, Laura Smith said;
We were really pleased to have at least 400 people turn up on a miserable Monday morning to project their anger and worries about the National funding formula. Hopefully we have helped to raise awareness, and will see more people completing the consultation, writing to their MP and signing the petition. This is just the start of the campaign.
Clare Hogg, Headteacher at Sir Thomas More academy in Crewe said;
The combined effect in the next couple of years of the background financial pressures and the new funding formula will be a hole in her budget of £450,000 – roughly equivalent to 11 staff.
A similar story is echoed by head teachers all across the Cheshire East area.
Also at the demonstration were Cheshire East Labour Councillors, Damian Bailey and Suzanne Brookfield.
Councillor Brookfield said;
The demo was well organised, well attended and friendly. The strength of feeling was evident, the cuts will see a reduction in teaching staff, subjects not being offered and enlarged classes sizes. This is unacceptable – the next generation deserve better. We are not a third world country and our education system along with the NHS should define us a nation. Previous Labour governments reduced class sizes and built new schools to replace dilapidated buildings. Again under a Conservative government we are going backwards. I would implore all to complete the consultation and write to their MP.
A local resident, Tess Keefe, who has daughter is at a local school said;
Sixty percent of high schools in this country are in the red, yet this government wants to deny them the funding they need. The impact this will have on teachers and our children is immeasurable. What a legacy this government is leaving for them?
It was great to see the interest from the press, both local and national were in attendance, below is a piece the BBC have ran.
This is a huge issue was massive implications for our children and their future.
Too see how much your schools budget will be cut please follow the link below and enter the name of your school.