Pupils, teachers, parents and governors in Torrington have linked arms around their schools in protest of real-term cuts to education funding. Both Great Torrington School (GTS) and Great Torrington Bluecoat Junior School joined in nationwide protests on Thursday. Their message was a united one to Chancellor Phillip Hammond and education secretary Justine Greening: give schools more money in next months Autumn Budget. At GTS, all pupils and staff formed a barrier around the Calvesford Road site, while at Bluecoats, parents, pupils and staff linked arms chanting no ifs, not buts, no education cuts. Data from the website schoolcuts.com suggests that despite a 2.4 per cent increase in baseline funding, GTS could see a reduction in its budget of £279 per pupil by 2020 in real terms. Headteacher Tracey Amos said the current state of funding was the worst she had known in 30 years of teaching. Ive not known school funding like this in all my time, she said. The national funding formula is being sold as giving money to schools, but its hitting other funding streams. Theres an inadequate level of funding in education and also an inequality of funding across the country. All schools are struggling with funding, but some schools have been under-funded for years and are struggling even more and no longer know what to do. Parents need to ask why their kids education and life chances should be worth so much less than kids in other countries, and thats the message we want to put out.READ MORE: Schools funding is educational apartheid for North DevonThe revised national funding formula would see the Bluecoats receive one per cent more in baseline funding. Fair Funding for all Schools Devon campaigner and Bluecoats governor Siobhan Strode said the revised formula was smoke and mirrors. She said: The extra money announced on September 14 amounts to no more than smoke and mirrors: taking money from other budgets within the Department for Education, such as healthy meals and sports provision and still leaving 90 per cent of schools facing real-terms cuts. For our children this means fewer qualified teachers, the loss of valuable teaching assistants, soaring class sizes, the loss of enrichment activities in schools and a narrowing curriculum. Our children only get one chance at their education and we cant stand by and watch this happen.