Tuesday, 17 February 2015


We all want our children to get a good education so they can get on in life. But to do that we have to make sure they have the high-quality teaching and resources they need.

That’s why I’m backing Labour’s plan for an education system that equips young people with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the future.

Unlike the Tories, Labour will not only protect the schools budget but the entire education budget, increasing it in line with inflation, ensuring that we invest in our young people who will drive our future economic success.

Parents are clear that they want smaller classes for their children, and teachers are clear that smaller classes are better for learning. That’s why Labour will end the wasteful Tory policy of opening Free Schools in areas where there is no shortage of school places, and use that money to fund more school places so we can cap class sizes for five, six and seven year-olds so they are no bigger than 30 pupils.

Labour will also end the scandal of 1.6 million children being educated in under-performing schools. It’s time to put an end to this chronic under-achievement and make sure we drive up standards in every classroom, in every school.

So Labour will issue every area with a new standards challenge setting a tough target to raise performance, with every school locally accountable to a new Director of School Standards. We’ll also ensure that all teachers in state schools become properly qualified, and continue to build their skills, so local parents know that their children are getting a high-quality education.

The next Labour government will invest in our education system so our children and young people can build the long-term economic success our country needs.