Yesterday Labour launched a major campaign, ‘Education not Segregation’, opposing the Tories’ plans to open new grammar schools.
The Tories would segregate our children by opening new grammar schools: a privileged education for a few, a second class education for the rest.
The Tories’ education policies are failing children and parents. While they obsess about school structures and bringing back selective education, budgets are falling, there are chronic teacher shortages and not enough good school places.
According to the IFS, school spending is expected to fall by at least 7 per cent in real terms between 2015–16 and 2019–20, which would be the largest real-terms fall over any period since at least the late 1970s.
They are cutting opportunities for the many with their hiking of student fees and scrapping student grants too.
A good education should not be a privilege – it is every child’s right. Labour will ensure that all children receive the high-quality education they deserve.
All children should be supported to achieve their aspirations. Labour will reintroduce an Education Maintenance Allowance and maintenance grants for students from low and middle income background.
Labour will invest in our future to ensure that no one and no community is left behind.
Education not Segregation
Derby Labour Party will be campaigning on Saturday 1st October between 11am and 1pm - meeting at The Ram, East Street, Derby.