Schools around the county have been enjoying the fun of sharing favourite stories that comes with World Book Day. I want to share one of my favourite books, and explain what Labour will do to ensure that children get the most out of our education system.
There have been loads of books that have influenced me over the years, but I would say the Songs of Distant Earth by Arthur C Clarke is up there. It was a story that haunted me. Science Fiction is a passion of mine and this story is so eerily memorable.
Children and teenagers across the country become immersed in books, and sharing their favourite characters with each other. Labour wants to ensure that all children and teenagers see the full benefit of their education system.
A staggering 17,100 unqualified teachers are currently working in our state-funded schools. We want to guarantee parents the security of knowing that all the teachers that educate their children will be fully qualified to do so. Alongside this, we will require that teachers continue to build their skills and subject knowledge on the job. This will involve more high quality training and new career paths.
In order to make sure that schools maintain their standards we want to make sure that all schools are locally accountable with new local Directors of School Standards responsible for intervening in under-performing schools.
In order for children to get the most of school, and for parents to gain peace of mind, our system needs to have the right checks and balances. We will also end the flawed Free Schools programme and instead prioritise new schools in areas where there are shortages of school places.
For schools to continue to share their enthusiasm for literature and great characters and novels, we must look after our education system. We risk pupils and students feeling uninspired with nothing to feed their imagination, if we don’t ensure that teachers and schools can provide the best possible education they deserve.