National Trust sacking education officers ‘will hit worst-off children’

Volunteers are accusing the National Trust of excluding deprived and minority ethnic schoolchildren from enjoying nature and visiting its properties with the planned sacking of the charity’s education officers.

The number of protests and petitions are growing over the trust’s controversial “reset” involving the proposed loss of 1,200 jobs, including its learning staff, as the charity plans to stop providing any curriculum-based content or learning activities for schools.

Volunteers, parents and children waved banners and cars hooted their horns outside Sheringham Park in north Norfolk on Friday to plead for the retention of one full-time education officer and the 22-strong volunteer team who host 6,000 schoolchildren at the property each year.

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At other National Trust properties serving urban areas including London and Birmingham, there is dismay at the proposed axing of education services, with volunteers accusing the trust of

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