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Shadow Schools Minister visits Amber Valley and Broxtowe

Kevin Brennan MP, Labour’s shadow schools minister, visited Amber Valley and Broxtowe today, Tuesday. Joined by local PPCs, Kevin Gillott and Nick Palmer, Kevin visited local schools where he took part in question and answer sessions with young people, had a musical ‘jam’ session and met with some first time voters.

The visits highlighted Labour’s plan for education which will equip young people with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the future. 

Labour has pledged to:

  • Cap class sizes for 5,6 and 7 year olds
  • Drive up standards in every classroom, in every school, in every region
  • Ensure all children in state schools are taught by high-quality qualified teachers
  • Raise the status and quality of vocational education and skills
  • Give our children the creativity, character and resilience they need to succeed in the 21st century 

Speaking before the visits, Kevin Brennan said: “I am delighted to be visiting the Aldercar Community College and the Kimberley School tomorrow. 

“Standards of education are under threat due to the policies of the Tory-led government. We have looming teacher shortages due to poor planning and teachers leaving the profession, a primary school places crisis made worse by diverting money for Free schools in areas where there are sufficient places, and over 1.5 million children in schools requiring improvement. 

“Every child needs a good school and every parent deserves the security of knowing that their child is being taught by an excellent qualified teacher. There are 17,100 unqualified teachers in state-funded schools. 

“Labour will guarantee parents that all teachers in state schools will be qualified and we will help teachers to continue building their skills on the job, with more high quality training and new career paths. 

“Driving up standards means focussing on improving the quality of teaching, not on changing the sign outside the school gate.”

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