Launching another attack on the teaching profession is not the way to close the gap - Twigg

10 May 2012

Stephen TwiggStephen Twigg MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, responding to Michael Gove’s speech to Brighton College today, said:
 
"Launching another attack on the teaching profession is not the way to close the gap between poorer and richer pupils. The truth is that the Government’s key measure – the pupil premium – is not being targeted at the poorest children because many schools are using it to plug holes in their budgets.
 
"While independent studies found the gap between pupils of different backgrounds narrowed under Labour, the worry is that progress could stall because of this Government’s approach. There are many excellent schools that do break the link between social background and attainment, and we need to ensure that we learn the lessons from what makes them successful.
 
"With school buildings in dire need of investment, support for new satellite grammar schools, and money being targeted at pet projects not real need, it is clear the Government is not backing the vast majority of schools and pupils in England."