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Picture special: Hackney families flock to London Fields in protest against funding cuts to education

PUBLISHED: 18:55 26 May 2017 | UPDATED: 19:00 26 May 2017

L to R: Queens Bridge Primary School students Marnie O'Brien, 9, Lola McGough, 9, and Cassius Cadbury, 8, at the London Fields march against school funding cuts.

L to R: Queens Bridge Primary School students Marnie O'Brien, 9, Lola McGough, 9, and Cassius Cadbury, 8, at the London Fields march against school funding cuts.

Catherine Davison

Hundreds of teachers, students and parents flocked to Hackney’s parks this afternoon to protest against funding cuts to schools across the borough.

London Fields Primary and Junior School students Jakob, Bill, Rudi, Antonio and Marcel, at the London Fields march against school funding cuts on 26th May, 2017. London Fields Primary and Junior School students Jakob, Bill, Rudi, Antonio and Marcel, at the London Fields march against school funding cuts on 26th May, 2017.

Our photographer was out and about in London Fields taking shots of children from 25 of Hackney’s primary and secondary schools, many of whom were armed with placards.

‘Picnic protests’ – part of the nationwide ‘big assembly’ against the government’s funding formula – were also held at Well Street Common, Daubeney Fields, Clissold Park, Hackney Downs, Millfields Park and Haggerston Park

Under the government’s proposals, Hackney’s schools are set to lose £25.8 million by 2019, the equivalent of £914 less per pupil or losing 692 teachers over the same period.

L to R: Sid Sprull, 7, Sonny Van Cauwelaert, 7, Watson Moir, 8, and Isla Van Cauwelaert, 6, at the London Fields march against school funding cuts on 26th May, 2017. L to R: Sid Sprull, 7, Sonny Van Cauwelaert, 7, Watson Moir, 8, and Isla Van Cauwelaert, 6, at the London Fields march against school funding cuts on 26th May, 2017.

Gayhearst Community Primary School student Neneh Timbo, 5, holds a protest sign at the London Fields march against school funding cuts on 26th May, 2017. Gayhearst Community Primary School student Neneh Timbo, 5, holds a protest sign at the London Fields march against school funding cuts on 26th May, 2017.

Hackney Cllr Antoinette Bramble on the march against funding cuts to education in London Fields. Hackney Cllr Antoinette Bramble on the march against funding cuts to education in London Fields.

Gayhearst Nursery students Theodora Robinson, 3, and Lola Maconie, 4, stand underneath a protest banner which reads 'Hackney for Comprehensive Education', at the London Fields march against school funding cuts on 26th May, 2017. Gayhearst Nursery students Theodora Robinson, 3, and Lola Maconie, 4, stand underneath a protest banner which reads 'Hackney for Comprehensive Education', at the London Fields march against school funding cuts on 26th May, 2017.

Children at the London Fields march against school funding cuts on 26th May, 2017. Children at the London Fields march against school funding cuts on 26th May, 2017.

A boy blows a whistle at the London Fields march against school funding cuts on 26th May, 2017. A boy blows a whistle at the London Fields march against school funding cuts on 26th May, 2017.

A girl holds a protest sign at the London Fields march against school funding cuts on 26th May, 2017. A girl holds a protest sign at the London Fields march against school funding cuts on 26th May, 2017.

A protest was held in London Fields in response to education funding cuts. A protest was held in London Fields in response to education funding cuts.

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