Invest, don’t cut

imnageAs the dust settles on the General Election it is clear that the Conservatives do not have the support of the country for their promises on education.

We call on the next Government to invest in our children and pledge more funding for schools.

Download our manifesto for England. Click for more resources.

 

Something has gone wrong with education

  • It is underfunded
  • There are not enough teachers
  • Testing takes precedence over learning

And worse is threatened

  • Prolonged cuts to schools
  • Deeper poverty
  • More selection and fewer opportunities

Invest, don’t cut

Invest, don’t cut

Funding

What we say: What you can do:

Implementing the Conservative manifesto commitment would cut schools funding by £8.9bn in real terms, between now and 2022. Ninety-three per cent of schools would suffer per-pupil funding cuts by 2022.

One of the first acts of the new Government should be to publish its response to the fair funding consultation. But on current plans, unless the Government puts in new resources, this will lead to cuts in almost all schools.

This will mean: Fewer teachers. Larger classes. Less subject choice. Cuts in after-school activities. Fewer teaching assistants. Nursery schools closing. The very young, the poor and those with special needs and disabilities will be worst affected.

  • Find out how much schools in your community will lose at schoolcuts.org.uk
  • Ask your MP to pledge to oppose school cuts.
  • Ask them to send a message of support to the school cuts campaign.

Poverty

What we say: What you can do:
We are the sixth largest economy in the world yet our levels of child poverty are shocking. More than four million children grow up in poverty – 30 per cent of all children. With cuts and austerity, this number is rising. Poor children do not learn as well as better-off children. Hunger affects concentration. Parents in poverty do not easily find the money for trips, books and other essentials.
  • Find out if your MP supported the benefit cuts which affected so many families and, if they did, ask them why.
  • Ask if they have talked to teachers and heads about what they can do to stop families falling into poverty.

Increasing selection

What we say: What you can do:
The Government wants to expand grammar schools and selective education. Research – by an organisation the Government supports – says the highest-performing systems in the world are non-selective. Selection for the few is rejection for the many. Theresa May has no mandate for expanding selection at 11 and should immediately abandon this misguided policy.
  • Ask your MP to oppose increasing selection and opening new grammar schools or streams.
  • If they are in favour, ask them for evidence to support their policy.

Learning

What we say: What you can do:
Most students like school and teachers want to teach. But unnecessary and high-stakes testing and exams get in the way of education. The curriculum has narrowed. The arts, technical and vocational education find it harder to keep their place. Primary and secondary schools are teaching to the test. Problems of stress and mental health are rising – for students and teachers. There are better alternatives. Powerful voices are calling for a new approach, that learns from other countries, and addresses the future not the past.
  • Ask your MP to support More than a Score, a coalition of parents, teachers and educators that campaigns against SATs and for a different primary assessment system.
  • Ask them to support a change in secondary schools so creative subjects are valued equally to others.

 

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