Nursery staff to march on Downing Street over funding for schools

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Around 150 school workers across England prepare to protest on Downing Street to call on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to increase funding for council-run nursery schools.

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The NAHT, a union of school leaders, said delegates would gather with parents and lawmakers in Parliament Square on Tuesday afternoon before marching to Downing Street.

Some 2,000 school leaders, staff and teachers have signed a petition urging Mr Sunak to take action to provide “adequate funding” for council-run schools that have been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic. have been affected.


Campaigners have warned that nursery schools, many of which are located in the most disadvantaged areas of England, need more support to address the pandemic’s impact on young children’s education.

Unions have said some schools have been forced to cut staff and services due to lost income and additional Covid-19 costs, as well as a lack of certainty over the funding they will receive next year.

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“Maintenance nursery schools provide the highest quality education and care to children in some of the most disadvantaged parts of England,” the petition said.

“They support a high proportion of children with special educational needs who would otherwise have nowhere to go, and early years students support children at a premium.

“They have a key role in educational reform and leveling the agenda.”

It says: “That’s why we call you” [Mr Sunak] To take immediate action to provide adequate funds to support and support nursery schools built to address the impact of the pandemic. “

School staff are calling for resources to “establish a viable long-term financing solution” ahead of Mr Sunak’s spending review, which is expected later this month.

“The nursery schools that were built have been left in limbo for four years under threat of closure,” said Paul Whiteman, general secretary of the School Leaders’ Union NAHT.

“As we move towards a comprehensive spending review, it is important, now more than ever, that the chancellor delivers to the region once and for all.”

In response to the petition, a spokesman for the Department of Education stressed that ministers have made “unprecedented investments” for childcare in recent years.

“We have made an unprecedented investment in childcare over the past decade, spending over £3.5 billion on our free childcare offers over the past three years and increasing the hourly rate paid to councils above inflation for the past two years. is,” the spokesperson said.

“We are making millions more available through our early years recovery work to level children’s outcomes.”

He said the nursery schools run by the council provide “valuable services” and the government is committed to their long-term funding.

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