We will build a new National Education Service, open to all throughout their lives. We will create universal public childcare to give all children a good start in life, allowing greater sharing of caring responsibilities and removing barriers to women participating in the labour market. We will bring about the progressive restoration of free education for all; and guarantee quality apprenticeships and adult skills training.
Not a day goes past without a new scandal in education: from committed classroom assistants having to take industrial action against a Labour Council in Derbyshire to prevent an enforced cut in their hourly rate, to the threatened closure of Baverstock School in Birmingham by the LEAP Academy Trust, a body considerably younger than the secondary pupils it was set up 4 years ago to educate, and judging by their financial performance merits a ‘could do better’ end of term report.
However to the 450 members of the local community who came out last week to demonstrate their opposition to the closure, a school judged as failing should be supported to remain open, to educate their children locally. It is not good enough for local politicians to wring their hands and complain about the restrictions of the law, Labour Councillors and MPs should be leading the campaign to save it with a demand that it can be taken back into council control, where there is no profitability to consider.
Momentum locally should be leading the grassroots campaign, raising these demands in the local community and following Jeremy’s example of standing with the staff, “pupils and parents”.