Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, has confirmed his support for headteachers marching on Westminster today to demand more funding for their schools from the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Mr Zeichner comments “Headteachers are doing their very best with insufficient resources, but we cannot afford to scrimp on our children’s education – you can’t equip future generations with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed on the cheap. Schools in Cambridge are stretched to breaking point, and the Treasury must commit to higher funding in the Budget, announced on October 29th.“
“I know headteachers in Cambridge are working themselves to the bone, trying to do the best for their pupils with such little resource. They’d much rather be in school than protesting, but enough is enough and they feel that they must fight for their pupils‘ education. I send my support and solidarity to those protesting against the Government today, from Cambridge and around the country – I hope that the Conservatives listen to these crucial concerns ahead of their conference this weekend.“
Around 1000 headteachers are expected to march to 11 Downing Street today to hand a letter to Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, the Chancellor, explaining that their school budgets are in crisis due to over seven years of cuts. They will focus particularly on special needs funding, children’s mental health, class sizes, curriculum choice and teacher retention and recruitment.