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Pupils’ ‘Schools Just Wanna Have Funds’ protest song takes YouTube by storm

Thousands view video’s ‘Your kids won’t be the fortunate ones’ message

07 April, 2017 — By Koos Couvée

Yerbury Primary pupils’ version of Cyndi Lauper’s 1983 hit features a plea to government ministers

CHILDREN at a school in Upper Holloway have added their singing voices to Islington’s growing campaign against education funding cuts.

Yerbury Primary’s Schools Just Wanna Have Funds, a cover of Cyndi Lauper’s 1983 pop hit Girls Just Want To Have Fun, has racked up almost 6,000 views on YouTube.

The lyrics include: “Hey you, have you heard the news, the National Funding Formula is being introduced.

“Your kids won’t be the fortunate ones, schools just wanna have funds.”

Pupils, teachers and parents at the school in Foxham Road produced the music video to highlight the impact of funding cuts.

It comes after parents, pupils and teachers at Thornhill and Gillespie primary schools staged noisy protests against government plans to reduce budgets.

Campaigners fear the cuts will harm special needs provision, see class sizes increase and axe after-school and breakfast clubs.

The National Union of Teachers estimates that by 2019 Islington schools could have £12.5million less a year to spend due to increased pension contributions and changes to national funding allocations – the equivalent of 337 teachers on £37,000-a-year salaries.

Yerbury, Thornhill, in Barnsbury, and Gillespie, in Highbury, have joined the national, parent-led Fair Funding For All Schools campaign calling for increased investment in schools by protecting per-pupil funding in real terms.

The government has said that the way funding is currently distributed across the country is unfair. A consultation on the new national funding formula, under which schools in inner London are set to lose the most, ended last month. If approved, it will come into effect next year.

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