YOUR voice

Speaking up for Canterbury, Whitstable and the villages

4. ENSURE A BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR OUR YOUNG

I’ve visited many of our fantastic local schools and seen first-hand the damage done by cuts to education over the past 14 years.
 
Schools are understaffed and crumbling, and their running costs are soaring. As a former teaching assistant, I’m always deeply impressed at the hard work done by staff in all our local schools to provide the best possible education for children, but they desperately need more funding from government.
 
I’ve also worked tirelessly to support parents who struggle to find school places for their children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Not only are there not enough school places for their children, but many also have to wait years before they even receive the right assessment. This is having a huge toll on families whose children are not receiving the appropriate form of education. The SEND support system is broken and in desperate need of reform. 
 
Children’s mental health has been deeply impacted by the recent Covid pandemic, and the ripples from that period have caused serious issues for families and schools to have to deal with, largely without desperately needed access to mental health support.
 
Our local universities are facing unprecedented times, and it’s clear that urgent action is needed to support them – and all those who study and work there – for both the short and long term. 
 
Brexit has had a drastic impact on our local universities who have lost staff, important research funding and European partnerships with our neighbours. Universities enrich our society and boost our local economy, providing cultural variety and community spaces as well as academic advancement, so we urgently need a sustainable funding model in place to enable them to flourish. Instead, our universities have been forced to make cuts to the workforce to meet their debts and are embarking on the sale of land, precious green spaces treasured by the community, simply to make ends meet.
Rosie has been hugely committed to backing Whitstables fishing community. During a time when the fishing industry has struggled, she has listened, campaigned and supported us through the sewage scandal. I am hugely thankful to her efforts on our behalf, she has helped to give our industry a much needed voice.
Esther Gilson
Whitstable Fishing Association

OUR PLEDGE

Our schools are crying out for a change in government. A new Labour government would:

Invest in early years

Over 3,000 new nursery classes across England to open up access to childcare - converting spare school classrooms freed up by a drop in birth numbers.

Free breakfast clubs in every primary school to drive up attendance, improve behaviour and health.

Continue to roll out the plans for additional free childcare hours

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Support our teachers

Replace headline Ofsted grades with a new system of school report cards so performance is clear for parents.

Improve teacher retention packages by investing in high-quality continuing professional development every year. Delivering a new mentor programme to headteachers and senior school leaders covering the first two years on the job

Invest in specialist teachers so that teachers aren't plugging subject gaps - for example, using PE teachers to teach maths and science.

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Work with our young people

Delivering Youth Futures - a network of new youth hubs bringing local services together and giving support to teenagers at risk of being drawn into crime.

Establish mental health hubs in every youth hub and employ an additional 8,500 staff to support young peoples mental health in our first term.

Roll out youth mentors and youth workers in Pupil Referral Units.

Establish a youth guarantee to ensure all 18-21 years old all have access to training, an apprenticeship and support to find work. Ensure two weeks of work experience for every student.

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OUR FIRST STEP

14 years of Tory failure has resulted in a workforce crisis in our schools. Teacher vacancies are soaring and increasing numbers of experienced staff are leaving.

As a result, children are being left without teachers trained in key subjects such as languages, design and technology and STEM, and are facing a continual churn of supply teachers, making it harder for young people to learn and achieve.

We are also hearing of increasing reports of schools plugging subject gaps – such as using PE teachers to teach maths and science.

Labour will tackle this crisis by recruiting over 6,500 new specialist teachers in key subjects and addressing the rising number of staff vacancies.

Labour has a plan to boost young people’s school outcomes and to ensure every child receives world-class teaching; five more years of the Tories will result in more teacher vacancies and worse outcomes for our children.

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