By Claire West

Following the debacle over the Governments swingeing cuts of the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers' union, said:

"Pupils, parents and school staff across the country are not only reeling from the devastating news of their school building programmes being slashed but also from the confusion and inaccuracy surrounding which schools are in or out of the project.

"Cutting the school building projects is totally unnecessary and is jeopardising the educational future of many children and young people.

"Thousands of parents and school staff should be deeply angry that the Government has chosen to exploit the schools' building programme to benefit the privileged few pupils on the grounds that they will be educated in an academy school rather than those pupils in dilapidated buildings.

"The NASUWT believes that it is time for schools and parents to voice their concern to members of Parliament.

"I am therefore writing today to every school on the Government's list to encourage them to support a lobby of Parliament on Monday 19 July.

"I will also be meeting with other education unions later today at the TUC to seek their support."