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

L to R: Queens Bridge Primary School students Marnie O'Brien, 9, Lola McGough, 9, and Cassius Cadbur

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. - Credit: Archant

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

L to R: Queens Bridge Primary School students Marnie O'Brien, 9, Lola McGough, 9, and Cassius Cadbur

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. - Credit: Archant

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: Queens Bridge Primary School students Marnie O'Brien, 9, Lola McGough, 9, and Cassius Cadbur

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. - Credit: Archant

L to R: Queens Bridge Primary School students Marnie O'Brien, 9, Lola McGough, 9, and Cassius Cadbur

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. - Credit: Archant

L to R: Queens Bridge Primary School students Marnie O'Brien, 9, Lola McGough, 9, and Cassius Cadbur

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. - Credit: Archant

L to R: Queens Bridge Primary School students Marnie O'Brien, 9, Lola McGough, 9, and Cassius Cadbur

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. - Credit: Archant

L to R: Queens Bridge Primary School students Marnie O'Brien, 9, Lola McGough, 9, and Cassius Cadbur

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. - Credit: Archant

L to R: Queens Bridge Primary School students Marnie O'Brien, 9, Lola McGough, 9, and Cassius Cadbur

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. - Credit: Archant

L to R: Queens Bridge Primary School students Marnie O'Brien, 9, Lola McGough, 9, and Cassius Cadbur

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. - Credit: Archant

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. - Credit: Archant

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. - Credit: Archant

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. - Credit: Archant