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Superb turnout for Save our Schools lobby of Parliament


More than 700 teachers, parents and pupils gathered in London on Monday to protest the cancellation of the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) project. It was wildly successful, with a rally that filled the overflow room to capacity, followed by a walk to the Department for Education which is, ironically, being refurbished. you can watch a video of the day’s highlights here.

Despite its faults the BSF programme was replacing crumbling school buildings across the country. A parent from Nottingham spoke at the rally of the concrete cancer, sewage leaks and inadequate class rooms that desperately need renovation.

What’s needed is a strategy of community organising. Schools are ideal for this as they have a defined catchment area, pre-existing networks (PTAs) and concern everyone.

If you know of a community campaign for a new school get in touch and we’ll spread the message using this blog.

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