Last year I surveyed schools in Weaver Vale. From the results it was clear that that every single one of those schools were either dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with current funding. In CW&C and Halton, £100 million has been lost from school funding since the Tories took power.
I want every child in constituency to receive the best education possible, this is fundamental and I will fight tooth and nail to make ensure that this happens.
Labour want to move forward and introduce a National Education Service to ensure that everyone is given a fair chance of a good standard education, starting from early years, all the way through to adult education.
Labour’s schools policy will be built on the following four foundations:
Investment – we will make sure schools are properly resourced by reversing the Conservatives’ cuts and ensuring that all schools have the resources they need. We will introduce a fairer funding formula that leaves no school worse off while redressing the historical underfunding of certain schools. Labour will also invest in new school buildings, including the phased removal of asbestos from existing schools.
Quality – we will drive up standards across the board, learning from examples of best practice, such as Labour’s London Challenge, to encourage co-operation and strong leadership across schools. We trust in teachers and support staff professionalism to refocus their workload on what happens in the classroom.
Accountability – Labour will ensure that all schools are democratically accountable, including appropriate controls to see that they serve the public interest and their local communities. We will require joined-up admissions policies across local schools to enable councils to fulfill their responsibilities on child places, to simplify the admissions process for parents and to ensure that no child slips through the net.
Inclusion – Every child is unique, and a Labour-led education system will enable each to find their learning path through a wide choice of courses and qualifications. We will invest in measures to close the attainment gap between children from different backgrounds