Haringey families set to descend on Parliament Square for mass ‘protest picnic’ against school funding cuts

Fair funding for schools protest picnic Highgate Wood 26.05.17. Highgate Primary School pupils

Fair funding for schools protest picnic Highgate Wood 26.05.17. Highgate Primary School pupils - Credit: Archant

Parents are set to descend on Parliament Square on Sunday for a mass ‘picnic protest’ against school funding cuts.

The ‘carnival against the cuts’ march and rally will see campaigners joined by teachers, heads and politicians in a family-friendly protest featuring speakers, songs, arts and kids’ entertainment.

While education funding featured prominently in the lead up to the General Election, parent and teacher campaigners from the Fair Funding for All Schools group – which was formed in Haringey – are determined to keep up the pressure on politicians until their demands for all schools to be adequately funded are met.

Analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies shows that under current government spending plans, including the additional £4bn announced in the Conservative Party election manifesto, spending per pupil is set to decline by a further three per cent from 2017 to 2022, making a total 7pc reduction from 2015.

Jo Yurky, a Haringey parent and co-founder of Fair Funding for All Schools who will be speaking at the event, said: “Parents are deeply unhappy about the government’s failure to adequately address the funding crisis facing our schools.

“While the government is busy saying nothing, damaging cuts are being made to our children’s education. This is unacceptable.

“We will continue to apply pressure to force the government to provide an urgent remedy.

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“We want increased investment in our schools so that our young people have the skills and knowledge they need and so that our future economy can reach its full potential.”

There will be several meet-up points in Haringey for parents to travel together to the start of the march in central London. They will be gathering at three London Underground stations across the borough from 11am, leaving at 11.15am.

The meeting points are Seven Sisters (by the exit nearest to Earlsmead Primary School); Turnpike Lane (outside the main entrance on Green Lanes) and Highgate (by the newsagents inside the station).

They will then assemble under a new Haringey FFAS banner at 12 noon in Whitehall Gardens (next to Victoria Embankment) before marching alongside campaigners from across London to Parliament Square for the rally and carnival fun.