With Labour, almost five million Child Trust Funds were started, helping families to save for their children’s future. And we introduced Sure Start, opening 3,500 centres by 2010.
We will give 30 free hours of childcare a week to all two to four year-olds, helping over a million children and their families.
At the earliest stage of a child’s life, the Tories let them down. They abolished Child Trust Funds, and 1,200 Sure Start centres have been lost, which sought to give all children the very best start in life.
Under the Tories, school budgets are being cut. There are currently over 500,000 primary school children being taught in super-sized classes of over 30.
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 will invest to ensure the highest standards in schools, with every child cherished and supported. We will reduce class sizes to less than 30 for all five, six, and seven year-olds, and we will fund free school meals for all primary school children.
We will also support our teachers by ending the public-sector pay cap, giving teachers more say in the curriculum, and tackling rising workloads.
Under the Tories, a good education for all children simply isn’t a priority. The Tories are fixated on bringing back unfair selection: a privileged education for a few and a second class education for the rest.
We believe everyone should have the same education, and we oppose the Tories’ plan to bring back grammar schools and secondary moderns. We won’t waste money on inefficient free schools and we’ll oppose attempts to force schools to become academies. We will make sure all schools have a fair amount of money with a fairer funding formula, so no school is worse off.
The Tories scrapped Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), which means students in lower-income families get less support to stay on at school.
Labour would reintroduce EMA, helping thousands of young people access further education and achieve their goals.
The Tories have trebled University fees, abolished maintenance grants and replaced them with loans. The average student now graduates from university with debts of £44,000.
Labour will reintroduce maintenance grants for university students, and we will abolish university tuition fees, so that everyone has access to world-class education.
It’s not just school and university students that have taken a hit. The Tories have cut over £1 billion from the adult skills budget since 2010, so it’s harder for people to learn at any age.
We will introduce free, lifelong education in Further Education (FE) colleges, so everyone can upskill or retrain at any point in their life.
A good education should not be a privilege. It’s every child’s right.
Labour will stand up for all our young people and ensure that all children, whatever their background, receive the high quality education they deserve.
This is what you’re voting for if you vote Labour on Thursday 8 June.