Tomorrow, July 19th, at noon, I will be part of a contingent of Queens Park Community School (QPCS) parents and students joining a lobby organised by teachers’ unions against the government’s cuts to the Building Schools for the Future budget,
QPCS itself has lost 17 million pounds but a lot of Brent schools are far worse off than us in terms of the state of their buildings.
As you will probably know, the new government has scrapped most BSF projects and will be using a significant tranche of the money to fund its new Academy ‘outstanding schools’ programme and parent led Free Schools. Hence the inspired slogan from one of our parents for some of our placards tomorrow: Building Schools for the Favoured.
The concern of many of us is that a clear two tier system will emerge at local level in state education with under funded local schools struggling to attract parents versus an elite, well resourced group of academies and parent run
schools, cut off from local communities and largely educating better off families.
If you think this is wrong and want to add your voice to the protests, please join the lobby in Westminster and write to your local MP.