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‘Schools Just Want To Have Funds’: Yerbury pupils’ song against funding cuts

Upper Holloway primary school pupils recorded a music video to appeal to the Prime Minister

04 April, 2017 — By Koos Couvée

The school published the music video on its YouTube channel

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 Want To Have Funds is a cover of Cyndi Lauper’s 1983 pop hit Girls Just Want To Have Fun. 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 at the school in Foxham Road dressed up as pop stars for the music video, aimed at highlighting 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 their budgets, which parents and teachers fear will harm special needs provision, see class sizes increase and after-school and breakfast clubs cut.

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) 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 all joined the national, parent-led Fair Funding For All Schools campaign, which campaigns for increased investment in all schools by protecting per-pupil funding in real terms.

The government has said that the way funding is distributed across the country currently is unfair. A consultation on the new national funding formula, under which schools in inner London are set to lose the most, ended last week.

If approved by the government, it will come into effect next year.

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