Education Plans

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16 Feb 2015

One of the most common concerns local parents have is whether their child is getting the best education possible. To do this we have to ensure that our children are receiving the high quality teaching they need and deserve.

I am backing plans for an education system that equips young people with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the future.

We need to not only protect the education budget but actually increase it so it rises with inflation, ensuring that we invest in our young people who will drive our future economic success.

Parents are clear that they want smaller classes for their children and teachers are clear that smaller classes are better for learning. Yet this Government’s education record is one of failure.

They scrapped a policy to cap infant class sizes at 30 pupils, resulting in the trebling of classes larger than this. In part this is because the Free School programme has created 30,000 school spaces at a cost of £240 million in areas where they are not needed instead of focusing on areas with a shortage of places.

An end to the wasteful policy of opening Free Schools in areas where there is no need for them would help fund more school places so we can cap class sizes for five, six and seven year-olds so they are no bigger than 30 pupils.

We need to see tough action on the scandal of 1.6 million children being educated in under-performing schools. It’s time to put an end to this chronic under-achievement and make sure that every child, regardless of where they live, is able to enjoy a high-quality education.

The issuing of a new Standards Challenge would set a tough target to raise performances with every school accountable to new Directors of Standards. Ensuring all children in state schools are taught by qualified teachers would mean that local parents know their children are getting a high-quality education.

Focusing on helping a few at the top through tax cuts for the wealthiest, paid for by reducing public spending to levels not seen since the 1930s, is not a vision people want to see.

Investing in our education system will mean that our children and young people can build the long-term economic success our country needs.