As Labour’s candidate for CWG, I know the huge importance of ensuring children here get a good education and aren’t held back. Local schools and teachers helped me to aspire. That's why the proposed Tory cuts are so dangerous. The local Labour Party held a campaign meeting in Highams Park this week to raise this issue.
Seven years into government, it’s clear that the Tories are failing to deliver on the basics of education. Schools are suffering under their cuts, whilst class sizes are soaring. On their watch there are more unqualified teachers, and yet their obsession with selective education means that their plans for new grammars will only benefit a lucky few.
The graphics attached show exactly how some of the schools locally will be cut by. We can't allow this to happen. At the meeting we heard from teachers and parents about the dire situation of many of our schools. We were all inspired to act.
Labour is ambitious for every child. That’s why we’ve announced plans for a new National Education Service which will deliver opportunities for the many, not the few. Labour will:
- Stop the cuts to school budgets will a real-terms increase in funding
- Cut class sizes to lower than 30 for all five, six and seven year-olds
- Introduce free universal school meals for primary school children, funded by VAT on private school fees
- Bring back Education Maintenance Allowance and maintenance grants for students from low and middle income backgrounds
- Scrap fees on courses for adults looking to retrain or upskill
The reason I’m standing as Labour’s candidate for CWG is because I believe that opportunities should exist for everyone.