Voluntary Sector: Taking Action ... Save Our Schools vs Department for Education

Protesters: Save Our Schools
Target: The Department for Education
Location: The Houses of Parliament
Date: 19 July

The lowdown

Teachers, councillors and pupils joined a rally in Westminster to protest over the axing of England's school rebuilding programme. Led by trade unions, the Save Our Schools lobby is urging the Government to reconsider its decision to block 735 school building projects.

Why the protests?

Education Secretary Michael Gove has cancelled the Labour government's Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme. He told the BBC that BSF was 'bureaucratic', as the project took three years and cost £250m before a single brick was laid.

How did the Government respond?

A Department for Education spokesman told the BBC it was not stopping school building. Instead, it was only going to replace the 'wasteful and costly BSF' programme with a more realistic and efficient alternative. 'That's why we announced a major review last week to overhaul capital spending programmes from 2011 onwards - to allocate capital fairly and effectively in future, target schools in the greatest need and deal with rising demand for primary places as immediate priorities,' he said.

How did the media cover it?

The BBC news website, the Daily Mirror, Politics.co.uk and The Independent all covered the protest in advance.

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