Stevenage Labour Party applauds all six secondary head teachers of Stevenage for standing up for their schools, and refusing to remain silent in the face of government pressure and drastic spending cuts.
The cuts inflicted by the Conservative Government and Tory-run Hertfordshire County Council are devastating our education system, forcing larger classes, staffing reductions, and significantly fewer opportunities for local students, including a reduced choice of subjects for our children. These are the first real terms cuts in schools' funding since the 1990s, and conservative estimates are that nationally they will total £3 billion, or between 8%-10% per school.
Nationally, the Tories have instead put aside millions of pounds for their vanity projects such as mandatory academisation, divisive new grammar schools, and supporting unnecessary “free” schools – each at the expense of funding high quality comprehensive education for all.
It does not have to be this way. Labour will build a new, fully-funded National Education Service, open to all, throughout their lives. We will provide universal public childcare to give all children a good start in life, and to support working families.
Read the full letter in The Comet here.
Promoted by David Wood on behalf of Stevenage’s Labour Candidates all at 4 Popple Way, Stevenage, SG1 3TG