THE school curriculum will shrink and teachers will face “burnout” due to “savage” budget cuts, campaigners say.

Schools across the city united yesterday to demand the Government provide more funding to support children’s education.

Teachers, parents and pupils at 75 schools across the city unfurled banners stating that “Brighton and Hove schools need funding now”.

These protests follow an announcement by the Boris Johnson-led Conservative party last month declaring it would be “investing an extra £14 billion in schools” allowing them to deliver “the best educational outcomes for our children”.

But Alison Ali of Brighton-based education campaign group Save Our Schools said this was “too little, too late” saying that “parents and teachers are still feeling the effects of an 8 per cent drop in funding per pupil between 2010 and 2018”.

One of the schools to unfurl a banner yesterday was Hertford Infant and Nursery School in Hertford Road, Brighton.

It has lost out on £137,394 between 2015 and 2020 - a total of £201 per pupil - according to education finance website School Cuts.

Headteacher Zoe McGuigan said: “All staff are going above and beyond their duties, we are working at absolute capacity. We feel like the fourth emergency service.

“Teacher retention is at an all time low and staff illness will increase because of burnout. It is unsustainable.”

Frasier Cox, a pupil at Dorothy Stringer School in Loder Road, shared his concerns that children in the future would not have the support he received as a pupil.

The 12-year-old said: “So many young people have come together to show the Government they will not have their childhood crumpled up and thrown in the bin.

“School isn’t just about grades and lessons, it’s about so much more; learning skills you will not learn anywhere else, making friends and becoming a good person.

“I have a type of autism called Asperges and I can get stressed out sometimes so to know I have teachers who are there and can support me is incredible.

“The Government need to see that this is a necessity and not a privilege. Children might not have it in the future.”

Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas pointed to Fairlight Primary School, which suffered one of the largest slashes to its budgets of all primary schools in the city, as an example of the impact of the cuts.

It will lose out on £750,413 between 2015 and 2020 - a total of £493 per pupil.

The Green MP said: “With this scale of savage cuts it’s no wonder that our schools are at crisis point. Public pressure has forced the Government to find an extra £7.1 billion for schools over the next three years.

“But this won’t make up for the shortfall and I’ve seen for myself the impact on Brighton schools where staff work so hard to provide the best education and support they can in the face of extreme funding pressures.

“The Government needs to address this historic underfunding and guarantee funding in the future so that schools can plan ahead and provide the education every child has a right to.”