They’re angry, they’re eloquent – and they’re no longer willing to sit quietly in the classroom.
Eight consecutive years of real-term funding cuts in England have placed headteachers on the frontline of the battle against austerity. Traditionally conservative and apolitical figures have become radical and outspoken campaigners who are prepared to risk repercussions in order to hold the government to account and shine a light on the impact that austerity has had on their schools.
This week many of them will take time away from their new, additional unpaid roles as school cleaners, catering managers, caretakers, gardeners, IT technicians, teaching assistants and deputy heads to attend the annual conference of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT).
We asked three how austerity had changed their roles and what triggered them to speak out publicly against the cuts.