10 May 2017
Commenting on the additional funding for schools and colleges promised by the Liberal Democrats, Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:
“The Liberal Democrats’ promise of £7bn to protect per-pupil funding levels will be welcomed by parents and teachers. It shows that they are listening to the thousands of heads and parents who have been writing to Theresa May, highlighting the serious consequences of an underfunded education system. We await the details in their manifesto.
“With the Liberal Democrats and the Labour Party now pledging more money for schools, the Conservatives need to do far better than constantly repeat the half-truth that ‘funding has never been higher’. It is a pointless assertion when parents and the public see what is happening in their local school. It is now common practice for begging letters asking for money to be sent to parents, for school staff and teaching posts to be left unfilled, for subjects to be dropped from the curriculum, and for some schools to even be considering shorter school days.
“The NUT is asking all parties to do as the Liberal Democrats and the Labour Party has and commit to ensuring school budgets are sufficient to facilitate a good, well-rounded education for every child. Without additional funding, state education will be second rate at best and will fail many of our children and young people.
“We ask all politicians who tell us that education is too expensive not to ask us to try ignorance as an alternative.”