Pupils across the country have performed the ‘floss’ dance in viral videos urging Philip Hammond to reverse school funding cuts.
The hashtag #Floss4Funding began trending on Twitter on Friday as part of the campaign to make Mr Hammond aware of the implications an eight per cent funding cut will have on education.
Pupils, teachers, parents and MPs are joining the cause after cuts to school funding across the country have led to reductions in teaching and support staff.
Children at New Hinksey Primary School in Oxford took part in the #Floss4Funding dance campaign on Friday
Children at West Hill Primary School in Wandsworth, London were one of many to join the cause.
The school posted a video of a playground full of pupils busting the video game inspired move this morning.
It said: ‘We are part of the #Floss4Funding campaign today to highlight the current funding crisis affecting schools across the country.’
Another school, New Hinksey Primary in Oxford, were also filmed taking part in the dance campaign.
Students were seen holding banners and signs stating ‘save our schools!’ and ‘#Floss4Funding’ as they flossed.
The campaign hopes to to make Philip Hammond aware of the implications an eight per cent funding cut will have on education (pictured, St Michael at Bowes School in London)
Pupils, teachers, parents and MPs are joining the cause after cuts to school funding across the country have led to reductions
Kay Tart, 35, a campaigner and full-time mother from Hitchin, said: ‘The same or similar things are happening in every school: Staff losses, crumbling buildings, out of date and broken equipment and a lack of resources.
‘So our group has joined up with others nationally to raise awareness of the school-funding crisis.’
Labour MP Bambos Charalambous posted a video of himself flossing alongside schoolchildren in his constituency of Enfield on Friday.
Cholsey Primary School in Wallingford also took place in the dance campaign, waving banners stating ‘cut the cuts’
Alongside the video he wrote: ‘Delighted to have been flossing for funding at Hazelwood School this morning – I might need a few more lessons from the kids about how to floss.
‘More funding is needed for schools right now!’
Robert Halfon, chair of the parliamentary education committee, sent a letter to the Chancellor in early October asking him to look ‘very carefully’ at the core level of funding for students in the upcoming Budget, expected October 29.
The Institute for Fiscal Studies noted that spending per student in further education fell by eight per cent in real terms between 2010/11 and 2017/18 and by over 20 per cent in school sixth forms.
West Hill Primary School in Wandsworth posted a video of a playground full of pupils busting the video game inspired move this morning
Mrs Tart continued: ‘I have four children at school and a baby at home and I want them to have the first-class education that they deserve.
‘The Government calls it the ‘fairer funding formula’ but we haven’t found it to be fairer in any of the schools we have been speaking to.’
The national day of action follows recent protests when more than 2,000 head teachers marched on Downing Street as part of the ‘Worth Less?’ campaign objecting to the ‘unsustainable’ cuts.