Tuesday 2 October 2018 / 2:44 PM Angela Rayner / Education

Damian Hinds had the chance to show he had listened to parents, pupils and teachers but instead he has buried his head in the sand – Rayner

Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, commenting on Damian Hinds’ speech to Conservative Party Conference, said:

“Damian Hinds had the chance to show that he had listened to parents, pupils and teachers but instead he has buried his head in the sand.

“He once said that education was a ‘special case’ for new investment, yet today’s recycled announcements contained no new funding for schools and did nothing to reverse the damage done by years of Tory austerity.

“In a desperate attempt to spin their way out of a crisis of their own making, Ministers have once again been reduced to repeating utterly discredited statistics in the face of independent advice. If they really want excellence in maths, they could start by making sure their own numbers add up.

“Their funding for T-levels is a drop in the ocean compared to the cuts that colleges have faced, and their boasts about school sports stand in stark contrast to their broken promise to protect the healthy pupils fund, which has now been cut by three quarters.

“The next Labour government will invest in our schools and colleges and build a National Education Service to give everyone the best possible start in life.”