Announcement of General Election

Education must be a priority for any political party wanting to form the next Government.


Commenting on the Prime Minister's confirmation of a general election on 4 July, Daniel Kebede, General Secretary of the National Education Union, said: 

"Education must be a priority for any political party wanting to form the next Government. 

"Fourteen years of neglect and underfunding have left education – from early years through to post-16 – in tatters. It is imperative that all political parties address this in their manifestos. Not in vague terms, with piecemeal solutions. But with meaningful proposals about how this situation will be reversed if they form the next Government.  

"Our schools are chronically underfunded. Primary class sizes are the highest in Europe, and secondary class sizes are the highest since records began more than forty years ago. Teachers are underpaid and overworked, resulting in the worst recruitment and retention crisis in a generation. That will not be reversed unless there is significant change to pay and terms and conditions of the education workforce. 

"SEND provision and mental health support for our young people is practically non-existent. We have a curriculum and assessment system that does not engage many pupils, or give each of them the chance to thrive. Many of our school buildings are in a chronic state of disrepair, literally crumbling away with the ongoing effects of RAAC and asbestos. 

"This is a grim picture for one of the richest countries in the world. It’s far from the ‘world class’ education system so regularly promised by our Government. It cannot go on. 

"The National Education Union will be using our voice to highlight what our 500,000 members want and what parents  and most importantly children and young people need. 

“Our message is: we need a Government to invest in education and to invest in our young people. If you value education, vote for education. Let’s give our children the education they deserve.” 

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