Labour MP Jess Phillips will leave her son at 10 Downing Street on Friday as part of a demonstration against funding cuts that have forced schools to adopt a four-and-a-half-day week.

Ms Phillips, a Birmingham MP, will join hundreds of parents from across the country for a march on Westminster to oppose a rising number of schools having to close at lunchtime on Fridays.

The Labour MP, whose 10-year-old son is at one of the schools in Birmingham that is having to close early amid tight budgets, will lead the march alongside parent group Save Our Schools.

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On Friday, hundreds of children, parents and teachers from Birmingham, Stockport, Leicester, Sussex, Hertfordshire and Wiltshire will travel to London for the protest.

It comes after Ms Phillips launched a crowdfunding page, which raised nearly £10,500, to take children affected by shorter school weeks to Downing Street to demonstrate.

Campaigners say more than 50 schools across the country are now either part-time or going part-time because of funding cuts – and they warn many more schools will have to follow suit.

Ms Phillips said: “The government has failed in the most basic job it has: to provide schooling for all of our children five days a week. We intend to show them that we will not take this.”

Kate Taylor, co-founder of the Save Our Schools West Midlands campaign, said: “If we were to remove our children for one Friday afternoon, let alone every Friday afternoon, we would be committing a criminal offence.

“It’s quite simple: we want our children to be in school receiving the education they deserve.”

A Department for Education spokesperson said: "The funding for an average primary class of 28 in Birmingham is £125,000 – above the national average of £115,000 for an equivalent sized class.

"These amounts are to cover a full five-day week in term time."

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