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Everybody should have access to a quality Education!

The Conservatives are failing our children. They have cut school and college budgets to the bone. Labour want to waste time and money on a massive top-down reorganisation which will do nothing to improve standards.

Liberal Democrats will build a brighter future for every one of our children.

We will help the economy to work better for your family, by offering free childcare from the age of nine months. classroom Many parents who want to work, especially mothers, can spend several years out of the workplace because they can't afford childcare. This affects their career trajectory, their confidence, and their long-term earning potential. Parents wanting to go back to work will get the help they need, knowing that their child will be happy, healthy and ready to start school.

We will also reverse the recent cuts to school budgets in Weston, with an immediate emergency cash injection so that pupils have the resources they need to learn. We will allow schools to employ an extra 20,000 teachers and reduce class sizes. Teachers are the biggest and most important asset in our education system, and The Liberal Democrats will ensure teachers are paid a fair wage for the vital work they do, and that they are empowered to focus on delivering a high-quality education to their pupils rather than being put under unnecessary pressure from testing that offers little-to-no educational benefit.

We also believe that learning doesn't have to stop at age 18, and it should be accessible to adults throughout their lives. With technology advancing and the world of work always and rapidly changing, skills learned at school will not last a lifetime and it has never been more important for people to continually develop new skills. Individuals will be able to choose how and when to spend this money on a range of approved education and training courses, and they will also have access to free careers guidance to help them to decide how to spend the money in their Skills Wallets.

The Liberal Democrats will:

  1. Provide free, high-quality childcare for children of working parents from nine months.
  2. Reversing cuts to school funding, employing an extra 20,000 schoolteachers.
  3. Scrap mandatory SATs, and replacing existing government performance tables with a broader set of indicators.
  4. Triple the Early Years Pupil Premium (to £1,000) to give extra help to disadvantaged children who are at risk of falling behind from the very beginning of their education.
  5. Introduce new Skills Wallets for every adult in England, giving them £10,000 to spend on education and training throughout their lives.

The failure of successive governments to invest in education and skills has undermined productivity, and now the Conservatives threaten to make the vast majority of people poorer and punish business and enterprise through a hard Brexit.

The Liberal Democrats will provide free childcare for all, more teachers for our local schools, and a skills wallet for every adult in Weston!

Do you agree? If so, join our campaign!