Last week, along with other volunteers from Southend Labour, I visited local primary schools to distribute leaflets about Labour’s Education policies. We really had a fantastic response from mums, dads, grandparents and carers; many of whom are backing Labour at next month’s General Election.
Here are just some of Labour’s Education policies:
Labour will extend free school lunches to ALL primary schools children.
At the moment pupils up to Year 2 get free school lunches – the Tories want to scrap these and instead provide a free breakfast – they hope only 25% of children will take these breakfasts up, to keep costs down.
Labour will limit class sizes in primary schools to 30 pupils.
At the moment over 500,000 pupils are taught in super-size classes. And there are over 22,500 unqualified teachers in England’s schools, with the highest rate of teachers leaving the profession for a decade.
Labour oppose the Tories’ plans to open new grammar schools because they damage social mobility.
We want an education system that works for all children, not just the lucky few.
Labour would reintroduce Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), that the Tories scraped. This will help thousands of young people access further education and achieve their goals.
Jeremy Corbyn announced this week that Labour will scrap university tuition fees, starting this autumn. Labour will also bring back maintenance grants, helping 500,000 of the most disadvantaged students access higher education.
We also visited Earl’s Hall Primary school and Prince Avenue.
After half-term we will be visiting more schools in the run-up to the General Election on Thursday, 8th June.