A sunny September day saw 20 or so Labour campaigners take the message to Deal High Street that cuts to education budgets are plunging our local schools into crisis.
I spent 10 years as a teacher, teaching in state schools, private schools (even Eton!), summer schools, exam paper marking, textbook writing… (haven’t taught in a grammar school yet, but I like to think I have quite a variety of educational experience) and now I’m a primary school governor with responsibility for SEND (special education needs and disability). Things over those 10 years really changed in education; teachers the our area have enough to cope with (changing curriculums, exam grade criteria, EHCP application processes, the horrible Kent test) without adding the extra pressure of massive cuts to their budgets.
Even the primary school I attended myself, Warnham Primary school in West Sussex, made headlines last year by setting up an online Wishlist, so that parents and members of the public can help the school buy coat racks, tissues, skipping ropes and all the things they can no longer afford due to government cuts! More and more schools are doing this and Labour says this must stop. We will properly fund our schools. We will also stop the culture of ‘teaching to the test’ by abandoning baseline assessments and reviewing all SATs.
See Dover & Deal Labour’s Autumn education newsletter here: