JOE RAYMENT: LABOUR WILL TRANSFORM EDUCATION TO ENSURE NO ONE IS HELD BACK
Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Bath, Twerton councillor Joe Rayment, has today hit out at the government’s education policy, criticising the lack of funding and attention given to comprehensive schools.
Cllr Rayment, who is a governor at Twerton Infant School, attacked the Conservative government, saying: “Schools in the most deprived areas of Bath are having their funding cut the most. This simply isn’t fair and there is a similar situation all across the country. There have been school closures, class sizes are increasing, and some schools have been forced to reduce staff to save money.
“Not only is this detrimental to children and their life prospects but a deterioration in education standards will be worse for business than the moderate rise in corporation tax we propose. That rise would leave corporation tax still the lowest in the G7 and we’ll use the money to fund the transformation of our education system.
“One in five children in Bath are living in poverty. By providing free school meals, we will ensure that they can focus on studying, rather than sitting in class struggling to cope with hunger.
“Ben Howlett and the Conservatives are planning further school funding cuts and want to bring back grammar schools to segregate children at age 11, despite the fact that all the evidence points to grammar schools leading to a decrease in social mobility and overall educational standards.
"Labour will transform education in this country to ensure that no one is held back. We will enable access to education and skills training for people of all ages so that anyone who wants to can change their lives for the better.
“Only a vote for Labour will help deliver an education system run for the many and not the few.”
Labour has outlined its plan to invest in a new National Education Service, to increase school funding by £5.6 billion, and to introduce free lifelong education in colleges in England.
Its key education pledges are:
- Stop the cuts to school budgets, with a real-terms increase in funding
- Reduce class sizes to under 30 for all five, six and seven year olds
- Provide free school meals for all primary school children
- Restore the education maintenance allowance for college students
- Restore grants for university students
- Scrap fees on courses for adult learners looking to re-train or improve their skills