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Schools in Staffordshire would be protected by the Lib Dem investment in education

May 12, 2017 6:00 PM
By Paul Ray

Liberal Democrats will give schools the money they need and get that money to where it is needed, helping teachers and students. This commitment means investing £7bn in education during the next parliament so that per pupil funding keeps pace with the increasing number of students and rising inflation.

Liberal Democrat Shadow Education Secretary Sarah Olney said: "This extra £7 billion of funding would ensure no school and no child loses out."

Current government plans would reduce the amount of money spent on each pupil and bring back grammar schools. Plans for 140 new free schools, which have already overspent by £9bn, indicate that this government is more committed to political ideology than opportunities for your children. Liberal Democrats believe that the money spent on Free Schools is better targeted towards reversing the devastating cuts to school budgets and giving our vital hard-working teachers a well-deserved pay rise. Current plans are in stark contrast to the Lib Dem record of securing £2.5 billion targeted at children from disadvantaged backgrounds. As a party, we are committed to equal opportunities for all. A good education should not be the privilege of the selected few.

Locally, cuts range from 6% to 18% of school budgets. The worst affected high schools are Netherstowe, which stands to lose £675 per pupil, and John Taylor, which could lose a dozen teachers. Our opposition to these cuts is rooted in the firm belief that every young person, no matter their background, should be aided to achieve anything they set their mind to.

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