Save Our Schools lobby of Parliament – 20 June 2023

Over the past few months, educators have stood up in their tens of thousands to highlight and seek to resolve the crisis in education. Despite our efforts, the Government has shown little understanding of just how serious the situation is in our schools and colleges.

That is why the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), National Education Union (NEU), National Governance Association (NGA) and UNISON have joined forces to call a lobby of Parliament in June.

Teachers, leaders, support staff, governors and parents will head to Westminster on 20 June to lobby their member of Parliament about the crisis in education which is affecting England’s school and colleges. Sign up to register for the lobby here.

Why are we lobbying?

Educators are making this stand because we just can’t sit by while yet another real terms pay cut drives teachers and support staff out of the profession. We can’t see our schools crumble due to lack of funding, and our educators burn out because of excessive workload and a punitive and counterproductive accountability regime. And we can’t sit by and see this generation of children suffer because of lack of funding and the crisis that’s sweeping our schools.

The Save Our Schools lobby will highlight:

  • The under-funding of education. Last year the Government spent just 4.2 per cent of GDP on education compared with 5.6 per cent in 2010. High-income countries spend an average of 5 per cent of GDP on education. As a result of under-investment in education, primary class sizes are the highest in Europe and secondary class sizes the highest since records began.
  • The Government’s failure to recruit enough teachers and retain support staff. This year the Government missed its recruitment targets in most secondary subjects and in primary too. Half a million children are taught by staff who are not qualified in the subject they are teaching. Meanwhile support staff are increasingly leaving their jobs for less pressurised and better paid jobs elsewhere.
  • The retention crisis in education. One in four teachers leave the profession within three years of qualification – a third within five. Special needs support assistants leave for jobs with higher pay, fewer hours and less stress.

We need to lobby every MP so they understand that it is time for urgent action from the Government to save our schools – we must invest in this generation of children and young people now! Please sign up to register for the lobby here.

Joining the lobby

If you are interested in attending the lobby, please sign up here.

Once you have signed up you will be sent resources, advice and guidance to support the most effective meetings with MPs.

You are strongly advised to contact your MP as soon as possible and ask to meet with them in Westminster on 20 June. Once you have signed up you will be taken through to a page to contact your MP about the lobby.

A detailed briefing on the arrangements for the day, including timings and advice on how to prepare for the lobby and a list of suggested issues to raise with your MP will also be provided.

We will help you every step of the way to support your meeting with your MP. So please don’t delay – sign up to register for the lobby here.