School funding promises made by North Somerset General Election candidates
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Education, education, education was the famous mantra put forward ahead of a previous General Election and North Somerset’s candidates have made clear their pledges on the topic this week.
With polling stations opening at 7am tomorrow (Thursday) morning, the four candidates are running out of time to win extra support.
In the final of the series, they tell Times readers what their party will do if voted to represent the constituency over the next five years.
Ashley Cartman - Liberal Democrats:
The Conservatives have cut per pupil spending on schools for the first time since the 1990s.
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We will reverse these cuts with an emergency cash injection.
The Liberal Democrats will recruit 20,000 more teachers as part of an extra £10billion a year for schools.
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We will invest in our most disadvantaged children, with extra funding for those with the most complex needs.
But education shouldn't finish when you leave school - it's a lifelong process. That's why we'll create a £10,000 skills wallet for every adult to spend on education and training throughout their lives.
Hannah Young - Labour:
I believe education should be a right, not a privilege, yet our local schools have seen real cuts since 2015, and young people leave university with an average debt of £44,000.
A Labour government will create a National Education Service that is truly cradle-to-grave with inclusive provision for children with Special Educational Needs.
It will reverse school budget cuts, open 1,000 new Sure Start Centres, reduce class sizes for four, five and six year-olds, and give free school meals for primary children.
It would scrap university tuition fees and restore Education Maintenance Allowance for sixth form students and university maintenance grants.
Philip Neve - Green Party
We need to properly fund our schools and to restore the Education Maintenance Allowance.
Unnecessary and excessive testing should be removed along with curriculum changes to educate young people for life not just exams.
The huge administrative and bureaucratic load on teachers must be reduced to allow them to spend time actually teaching and inspiring the young to learn.
We need to provide education and other support for children with Special Needs and disabilities.
University tuition fees should be reduced and then scrapped along with greater investment in tertiary education.
Liam Fox - Conservatives:
North Somerset has some of the best state schools in the country.
Having attended a large comprehensive myself I understand the value of quality education to make equal opportunities a reality.
As a result of good financial management of our economy we can now increase school funding by £14billion and know it is sustainable.
Every secondary school will receive a minimum of £5,000 per pupil next year, and every primary school will be able to receive a minimum of £4,000 from 2021-22.
The quality of education provision has improved over recent years and we must continue that trend.