School cuts: “Thurrock youngsters are paying the price for austerity.

RESPONDING to news that headteachers have written to 23,000 Thurrock families about worsening school budget shortages after the Education Secretary refused to meet with them, Labour’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Thurrock – John Kent – said:

“Thurrock youngsters are paying the price for austerity.

“I am proud of Thurrock’s schools and all those who work so hard with our young people – and I am proud of the improvements we have seen in local schools. From 2013 – 2016 the amount of our youngest children attending a school rated as “Good” or “Outstanding,” by Ofsted, went up from 33% to 95%. It is really worrying that recent poor inspection outcomes has seen that progress dropping back.

Funding may not be the only reason for poor performance but it is a disgrace that in one of the richest countries in the world headteachers are sending begging letters to parents to ask for money for basic supplies.

“It is, also, incredible that the Education Secretary won’t meet with headteachers. After all, what could be more important for any Education Secretary than the education of our children and meeting with teachers who are concerned about school budgets?

“The Government needs to listen to these teachers instead of repeating dodgy and misleading statistics about school funding.”

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