‘Schools are getting more money than ever? I can’t stand bullshit’

If there’s one thing that riles Jules White, it’s the government’s refusal to acknowledge the funding crisis in education. Here the Sussex headteacher, who leads the WorthLess? campaign for more school funding, tells Charlotte Santry how he managed to win the backing of thousands of school leaders across the country, and why it’s important that heads have the confidence to speak out

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Jules White has never joined a political party. Nor has the West Sussex headteacher ever taken part in a sit-in, or any sort of industrial action.

As a student at the University of Essex, a well-known radicalist hotbed, he spurned activism in favour of “playing football, playing cricket, and going out”.

And until he launched the national school funding campaign WorthLess?, he had never so much as attended a protest.

Now White regularly rallies thousands of other heads across 40 local authorities and can, in the ping of an email, reach 6 million families, via a national network of WorthLess? ...

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