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Education Spending dropped by 20 billion in real terms between 2010-2017

20 billion represents a 20% drop in spending

The percentage of national income spent on education has dropped from 5.7% in 2010 to 4.4% in 2018

Between 2009 and 2016, the school system took in an additional 470,000 pupils

It estimated that between 2009 and 2025 there will be an increase in pupils from about 7.4 million pupils to about 8.1 million

Total school spending per pupil fell by about 8% or about £500 per pupil between 2009–10 and 2017–18

Spending per pupil is not always a good indicator as takes the education budget and divides by number of pupils

Many free schools and acadamies have not focused the money on pupils but rather on executive wages

Many free schools & acadamies have consumed vast set up costs only to close soon afterwards

Only England has introduced Academies. Wales has kept schools under local authority control to ensure better outcomes

27% of primary schools and 72% of secondary schools are acadamies (as of 2018)

The government intention is to convert all schools to academies

Converting maintained schools to academies has cost the Department an estimated £745 million between 2010-2018

1,000 academy trusts paid a six-figure salary to at least one staff member last year

988 trusts had at least one person on £100,000 or more in 2017-18

Trusts paying £150,000-plus salaries has risen by 20% in a year, with a 7.6% rise among those with at least one person above £100,000.

The rise came despite an increase in the number of academy trusts in deficit, from 5.9 to 6.4%

One of the trusts to pay out a £150,000-plus salary and gave up its schools after it collapsed amid reported financial problems and concerns from Ofsted about low standards

Academies are not subject to nationally set pay structures are at liberty not to pass on to teachers the recently awarded 2% payrise

Two in three academy chains are “failing” pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds according to a 2018 study by the Sutton Trust

Of the 38 underperforming chains, eight had scores which were well below the national average for disadvantaged pupils. These chains have 61 schools

There is no evidence, despite the additional resources applied, that Academies have improved education outcomes

Many academies have failed, often leaving their pupils in limbo

Many academies have been investigated and criticised for financial irregularities

Free schools are new schools, not exisiting schools

55 free schools have closed since 2011

5% of free schools have closed since 2011 (some reports state 9%)

More than 40 approved free schools didn't open

Free schools are often near to present schools pressurisig their funding

Failed free schools cause serious disruption to children, parents and the local authority

There is no evidence that free schools have better education outcomes despite the vast resources they consume

In 2010 there were 3600 Sure Start Centres

Cameron promised to protect their budget

Sure Start budgets were cut by 763 million (50%) between 2010-2017

At least 30% of Sure Start centres have been closed or well over a 1000

Some areas saw a 70% drop in centres

Reduced service and opening hours have been reported by 55% of centres

Merging budgets due to money constraints has meant that local authorities have changed the purpose of Sure Start

Sure Start centres are no longer inspected by Ofsted

The number of teachers saw a growth from 2011 until 2016 due to a big push to meet serious shortages

Since 2016 teacher numbers have levelled off with record numbers leaving the profession

The retention rate for teachers has dropped to 67.7% after 5 years teaching

Approx 1.3 billion is spent on teacher training, very little on retention

Since 2010 the average size of primary schools has increased by 43 pupils, the equivalent of more than 1.5 extra classes per school

Pupils from the primary school boom in numbers are now entering secondary school

8.4 per cent of all secondary school classes now have between 31 and 35 pupils, up from 7.7 per cent last year and considerably higher than the 5.6 per cent recorded in 2014

Infant class sizes have continued to rise with 95% of infants now being in a class of 30

Infant classes exceeding 30 stood at 2.2% in 2010 and is more than double at 4.5%

Teachers in England have lowest job satisfaction of all English-speaking countries according to IoE

Much of the issue can be put down to excessive workload and an over reporting regime

53 per cent of teachers in England and 46 per cent in Wales said they were thinking of leaving the profession in the next two years.

73 per cent of teachers felt that current policy was narrow, restrictive, and uncreative

Teachers have seen a 10-15% drop in pay in real terms since 2010

Classroom teachers have seen an average drop of £4400

The government awarded teachers a 2.75% payrise in 2019, but said that schools had to fund 2% of the payrise

2% is extremely difficult to find in the present funding crisis

Academies are not obliged to pay the 2% element

More than 8000 children in England with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) have no education provision at all

Special needs provision in England has lost out on £1.2bnin funding


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Labour will create a unified National Education Service (NES)

The NES will be built on the principle that ‘Every Child – and Adult Matters’ and will incorporate all forms of education, from early years through to adult education

Labour regard education as a right, not a privilege

Overhaul the existing childcare system in which subsidies are given directly to parents who often struggle to use them, and transition to a system of high-quality childcare places in mixed environments with direct government subsidy

Maintain current commitments on free hours and make significant capital investment during our first two years of government, to ensure that the places exist to meet demand

Phase in subsidised provision on top of free-hour entitlements, to ensure that everyone has access to affordable childcare, no matter their working pattern

Extend the 30 free hours to all two-year-olds, and move towards making some childcare available for one-year-olds and extending maternity pay to 12 months

Sure Start, and the support it gives to vulnerable and hard-to-reach parents, was one of the great achievements of the previous Labour government, but under the Conservatives 1,200 Sure Start centres have been lost

Labour will halt to closure of SureStart centres and rebuild the network

Labour will not waste money on inefficient free schools</span

Investment – Labour will ensure Schools are properly resourced by reversing the Conservatives’ cuts

Labour will introduce a fairer funding formula that leaves no school worse off while redressing the historical underfunding of certain schools

Labour will invest in new school buildings, including the phased removal of asbestos from existing schools

Quality – Labour will drive up standards across the board, learning from examples of best practice

We trust in teachers and support staff professionalism to refocus their workload on what happens in the classroom

Accountability – Labour will ensure that all schools are democratically accountable, including appropriate controls to see that they serve the public interest and their local communities

Inclusion – Every child is unique, and a Labour-led education system will enable each to find their learning path through a wide choice of courses and qualifications

Labour will invest in measures to close the attainment gap between children from different backgrounds

To aid attainment, Labour will introduce free school meals for all primary school children

Labour will abandon plans to reintroduce baseline assessments and launch a commission to look into curriculum and assessment, starting by reviewing Key Stage 1 and 2 SATs. The world’s most successful education systems use more continuous assessment, which avoids ‘teaching for the test’

Labour will tackle the teacher recruitment and retention crisis by ending the public-sector pay cap, giving teachers more direct involvement in the curriculum, and tackling rising workloads by reducing monitoring and bureaucracy

Labour will put £150 million back into supporting our children in schools by scrapping the Conservatives’ nonsensical plans for schools to pay the apprenticeship levy

Labour will deliver a strategy for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) based on inclusivity, and embed SEND more substantially into training for teachers and non-teaching staff, so that staff, children and their parents are properly supported.

As part of our dynamic industrial strategy, lifelong training will deliver productivity and growth to the whole economy

This strategy will transform the lives of individuals and communities

To ensure that we deliver for every part of the UK, we will devolve responsibility for skills, wherever there is an appetite, to city regions or devolved administrations


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