As Labour’s candidate for Easington,  I wanted to let you know about Labour’s bold new plans for a National Education Service.

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.

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

Research by the National Union of Teachers warn that under Tory education plans Dene Community School would lose £600 per pupil by 2019.

On a visit to Dene Community School, I spoke to staff regarding these proposed education cuts:

“Dene Community School would be one of the worst affect by Tory education cuts. There can be no justification for such a cut or the failure to invest in our young people.

The Tories are failing our children with their chaotic education policy and constant changes. Millions have been wasted on failing Free Schools, they introduced then withdrew plans to make all schools academies and now they want to turn the clock back with the return of grammar schools.” 

Mr Morris added:

“I believe we need to make every school a good school. This means stopping Tory education cuts and reducing class sizes. 

Education is essential for delivering opportunity and improving the life chances for children in the Easington constituency. 

Education is a public good and is an investment in people which will reap long lasting dividends”

The reason I’m standing as Labour’s candidate for Easington is because I believe that opportunities should exist for everyone.