Our dream for education

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Caroline Lucas
Caroline Lucas The Independent 27 May 2017

This country is not destined to have declining schools, the future for the next generation is still up for grabs. But its only by electing politicians who stand up to false choices and back brilliant campaigners like Save Our Schools, that we’ll begin the process of making every school in Britain a world leader in education

If parents, teachers and heads were listened to, we could easily have:

  • A well-funded state education system, accountable to local communities
  • Education policy led by educational experts, especially teachers
  • An inclusive system that develops the potential of every child, including children with SEN
  • A broad, forward-looking curriculum that includes technology, sport, music and creative arts
  • Assessment methods that are appropriately challenging and do not dictate the curriculum
  • Teaching that prioritises love of learning and develops cognitive skills and well-being
  • Schools staffed by well-trained teachers, whose professionalism is respected
  • Fair terms and conditions for school staff, including a reasonable workload
Peter Kyle MP for Hove and Portslade (Labour) Message to Headteachers and SOS
Brighton & Hove gave the government a very loud and clear message during the general election - that the cuts to school funding will be fought tooth and nail by us all in a city united by this cause. As leaders in your organisations you know more than most how much effort everyone has poured into getting our schools succeeding. Everyone has done everything government has asked of them, and how are we rewarded? With deep cuts which will disadvantage an entire generation of school children. I am with you every step of the way on this and I want you to be confident that I will do everything in my power to support you, to support your campaign and to work in Parliament to get the government to change its mind. Thank you for everything you've done so far, and I look forward to working with you in the future, Peter.