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Hustings to debate schools’ cash threat

19 May, 2017

CUTS in school funding will be the subject of lively debate at meetings across the borough.

Today (Friday), parliamentary candidates for Islington South and Finsbury go head-to-head at a hustings dedicated to debating the government’s proposed new funding regime. The National Union of Teachers believes it will reduce Islington schools’ budgets by £12.5million by 2019.

The 9.15am event is at St Mary Magdalene Academy, in Holloway.

On Monday, the same parliamentary hopefuls will appear at Unity Chapel, in Newington Green, for a 7.30pm debate on schools’ cash.

It will be chaired by science television presenter Dallas Campbell, a parent and Islington South resident.

Organisers of both meetings are affiliated to the national, parent-led Fair Funding for All Schools campaign, which is calling for increased investment in schools by protecting per-pupil funding in real terms.

Jo Yurky, who is leading the campaign, will speak at a public meeting at Gillespie Primary School in Highbury alongside Town Hall leader Richard Watts at 7pm on Tuesday. All parents are invited.

The following day, Councillor Watts will speak at Newington Green Primary School at a 7pm public meeting. Headteacher Abi Misselbrook-Lovejoy, Madeleine Holt from Rescue Our Schools campaign and former NUT general secretary Christine Blower will be among the speakers.

Parents, pupils and teachers at Thornhill and Gillespie primary schools have staged noisy protests against government plans to reduce budgets.

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