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

imnageimnageWe want a campaign to defend and rescue education from the worst crisis in a generation. We call on every candidate in this election to pledge opposition to funding cuts and to explain to voters how they wiII respond to the crisis in education.

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What we say: What you can do:

The Government has cut school funding by £2.2 billion since 2015. Between now and 2020, it wants to cut £3 billion more. Ninety-nine per cent of schools will suffer funding cuts. That’s virtually every primary and secondary school in the country.

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
  • Ask every candidate standing for election to pledge to oppose school cuts.
  •  Ask them to send a message of support to the school cuts campaign. 


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 candidate 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.
  • Ask your candidate to oppose increasing selection and opening new grammar schools or streams. 
  • If they are in favour, ask them for evidence to support their policy.


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 candidates 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.


During this election, and after it, the NUT will work with those who share the ideas set out in this manifesto, to defend education and to protect the future of our children.

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