Owen Jones: Be afraid, Tories: mothers will fight your school cuts | Owen Jones

Education cuts are vandalism – but with ‘picnic protests’ taking off across the country, the Tories have met their match

Slashing spending on education: what greater act of vandalism is there? A failure to invest in children will damage the prospects of this country for decades to come. No wonder the ever-diminishing Theresa May was jeered over her real-terms cuts in per-pupil spending in this week’s televised debate.

Threats to children’s wellbeing trigger visceral emotions in parents. But with schools facing up to £3bn worth of cuts, according to the National Audit Office, the potential of children and the nation as a whole is at risk. Per pupil, schools are facing a 7% cut in spending if the Tories win the majority craved by May. According to the National Union of Teachers, 93% of schools face per-pupil funding cuts, with an average cut of nearly £87,000 to primary schools and £370,298 to secondary schools.

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According to the National Union of Teachers, 93% of schools face per-pupil funding cuts

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