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East London primary school campaign blocks £70,000 cuts

Issue No. 2160

Parents and children protesting at Brook school in Hackney, London

Parents and children protesting at Brook school in Hackney, London

A campaign against cuts at a Hackney primary school has ended in the Learning Trust promising to reverse a decision to cut £70,000 from next year’s school budget.

Sadie King is a parent at the Brook Community School in East London and one of the founders of Against Brook Cuts (ABC). She spoke to Socialist Worker about the campaign.

“About a month ago we started a petition to make sure that support staff wouldn’t be cut during ‘staff restructuring’. Some parents had been brought in to help with literacy and numeracy and we didn’t want to see that service cut back,” she said.

“The school called a meeting where we were told that the school’s budget was in a mess, and it had a £73,341 hole. They said support staff would have to be cut.

“There was a row between the Learning Trust and the school over who was responsible. They talk about it like a business, but it is our kids’ education that suffers.

“We met with the NUT and Unison unions in the school and they gave us a much clearer picture of what was going on.

“Last week the head of the Learning Trust came to the school and met about 20 parents. He said the trust is stepping in to cover the cost of keeping our support staff.

“Our campaign has won and we are really happy.”

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Tue 14 Jul 2009, 18:56 BST
Issue No. 2160
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