schools national funding formula - Campaign organiser Laura Smith leads the march

Hundreds of families across Cheshire East took part in a protest march in Sandbach against school cuts under the Government’s planned National Funding Formula.

The march was led by campaign organiser and Nantwich mum and teacher Laura Smith.

Protesters walked from Sandbach School on Crewe Road to the Cobbles in the town centre.

On the Cobbles, there was a variety of speakers including Laura, Sandbach School headteacher Sarah Burns, and Cheshire East Council leader Rachel Bailey.

Television news crews were on hand to interview speakers and protesters.

Protesters gather before march at Sandbach School - national funding formula

The march follows on from a protest on Nantwich town square last month, also organised by Ms Smith, from Stapeley.

More than 400 people turned out in force at the Nantwich rally, and similar numbers braved the cold and wet to speak out against the Government’s plans.

A public consultation meeting, organised by Unison, also took place at Crewe Alexandra FC on Friday night before the march and was attended by Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner.

Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson was invited to the meeting but pulled out, citing other commitments, say organisers.

Under the Government’s planned National Funding Formula, overall spending on Cheshire East schools would be cut by 2.1%.

Campaign organiser Laura Smith speaks at the Cobbles

It would take the basic level of funding per pupil to the lowest in England.

Headteachers like Andrew Cliffe at Brine Leas and Jeanette Walker at Malbank have warned they may be forced to scrap some subjects, make staff redundant and even consider a four-day week.

The public consultation over the NFF plans runs until March 22, which can be completed here

Parents can sign a petition at

(Pictures and words courtesy of Jonathan White)

Protesters on the Cobbles - national funding formula in Cheshire East


  1. You are correct and it’s wasn’t in my report. Looks like Editor Pete has now amended it.

  2. Matthew Theobald says:

    Please check the facts Nantwich News. Edward Timpson was invited, but did not attend, citing another commitment. If you’d like evidence of his non-attendance, I will happily send you a photo of the speakers’ table with his chair clearly vacant.

    Interestingly, Angela Rayner MP (Shadow Minister for Education) took time out of her hectic schedule to attend, in-between other engagements.

    Edward Timpson has consistently ignored his constituents on this and other pressing matters – resorting to deleting and removing polite and relevant comments and questions from his social media pages and blocking constituents who do not simply say he’s doing a great job. I have seen a statement purporting to come from his office that says only “offensive, discriminatory or defamatory” comments are deleted. The evidence exists that this is clearly not the case.

    This situation should be investigated and reported upon by the local media. Our MP is silencing and ignoring many constituents, removing their right to be represented in the House of Commons.

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