“Isn’t it about time that the Tories listen to teachers?


Responding to concerns from head teachers that school league tables in England unfairly stigmatise schools in white working class areas, Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson David Ward said:

“Isn’t it about time that the Tories listen to teachers? Liberal Democrats have. We would do away with the school ranking system and a teach-to-test culture that has done nothing but be divisive for our society.

 

“I am deeply concerned about what has been said today, particularly given white and Bangladeshi working-class boys in Bradford have some of the lowest rates of entry to university. School should be a place where barriers are broken down and skills are developed so everyone can get ahead in life.

"What happens to a child before they get to school can shape the educational outcomes for a child from a deprived background. That is why Liberal Democrats have also made a commitment to protect pupil spending (additional money for children from deprived backgrounds introduced by the Liberal Democrats in Government) in real terms and increase the early years pupil premium to £1000.”


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