A good education shouldn’t discriminate, but under a Tory Government it does. On Friday I supported the Fair Funding for All Schools picnic in Ladywell, as part of a National Day of Action against education cuts.
In some areas of Lewisham Deptford it’s predicted that over 40% of children are living in poverty. If a child comes from one of these deprived parts of Lewisham Deptford their best chance of success is likely to be from a good education.
But the whole system is currently in danger of failing our young people, starting with early years. Outstanding nursery schools in Lewisham Deptford are struggling to see a future because of Tory cuts. Primary schools are also in trouble, facing cuts of around £4,957,847 by 2020. Then secondary schools will see a loss of £717 per pupil by 2020 - all under a Tory government.
It doesn’t stop there. Both further and higher education have been hugely damaged, with £1bn cut from the adult skills budget since 2010, the trebling of university fees and university maintenance grants scrapped.
The whole system is under threat and it cannot continue.
Labour can make the education system work for everyone and will immediately halt Tory cuts to school budgets. We will and reduce class sizes for all under-8, give all primary school children free school meals and roll out education provision for early years children as part of a National Education Service. We will reintroduce EMA, bring back maintenance grants and abolish tuition fees.
We will give everyone fair access to a high quality education, because education is the lifeblood to innovation and a working economy. If the system was working it would give people opportunities, unlock potential and drive social change.