"We need to build a Democratic and Progressive National Educational Service Jill Borcherds PPC
On Sunday 3rd March, Jill Borcherds, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Stevenage, alongside Hertfordshire County Councillor, Joshua Bennett Lovell, spoke at a packed out fringe meeting at the London Regional Labour Conference, this year in Hornsey. This was hosted by the Anti-Academies Alliance and offered the opportunity for conference delegates to discuss what we need from our education system, and how Labour members can contribute to and shape Labour’s proposed National Education Service.
Jill condemned the increased fragmentation of the education system, and the shift towards a privatised model. She explained that the competitive nature of modern schooling is harming the educational outcomes and life chances of children and young people, also leading to a restricted, results-obsessed culture within teaching.
Jill said “In a profession beset by a recruitment and retention crisis, teachers and support staff – the lifeblood of our schools – deserve our respect and trust. Excessive bureaucratic oversight and paperwork is damaging for students and staff, and diverts staff from their job; supporting and teaching children.”
“Labour’s National Education Service offers us all as parents, teachers, school staff, and students, an opportunity to free ourselves from a system which prioritises profit over people. The ability to develop a truly, inclusive and democratic education system – that provides world-leading education – is only possible by bringing all schools under a single, accountable body, funded through progressive taxation. As the Parliamentary Candidate for Stevenage, I pledge to fight to ensure all our young people have access to an outstanding, comprehensive education, whichever school they happen to go to.”