Articles from Liberal Democrats

The Shameful Neglect of Adult Learners is Extremely Detrimental to Both Individuals and Society

Launch of Independent Commission on Lifelong Learning.  When it comes to education, for too long there has been an almost exclusive focus, in terms of political attention and public funding, on the study we do as children and young adults.

Lib Dems slam Tory school cuts as a 'political choice' at NAHT Conference

Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Layla Moran made a speech to the NAHT Conference in Telford, slamming the Conservative government's school funding cuts by stating they were a "a political choice".

Two-thirds of secondary school head teachers have had to cut teaching staff to save money

School staff cuts a 'tragedy'

High-stakes testing culture pushing children out of school

The Education Policy Institute (EPI) report published today (18 Apr) found that 50,000 pupils who took their GCSEs in 2017 were removed from the school roll without a clear reason. These pupils were neither officially excluded nor left the school for family reasons, such as moving house.

Councils inexcusably supporting unregistered schools

Today, Ofsted has announced that it has investigated over 500 unregistered schools since 2016. 

No woman should miss out on education because of period poverty

Reports in The Independent this morning that Daisy Wakefield, a student at the Univeristy of the West of England spent her entire student loan on sanitary products to distribute to poorer students, has reignited calls to end period poverty.

SEND funding crisis a moral failure of Government

Responding to today's report by IPPR North, revealing that the Government has cut SEND funding per pupil by 17% over the last four years, Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Layla Moran MP said: "It is one of the first duties of Government to support our most vulnerable children, and today's report shows the Conservatives are clearly failing. "SEND funding is an investment in a child's future, helping someone with a learning difficulty or disability secure a higher paid job, security and independence in later life. "Yet these children have been at the forefront of the schools funding crisis, with teaching assistants and other support staff often the first things to be cut. "It's time we demanded better of this Government. That's why Liberal Democrats would invest millions more in Education, Health and Care Plans, freeing up money in the high needs budget to provide in-school support for children with less complex needs."

Tories must do more to act on period poverty in schools

Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran has warned the Conservatives “must act without delay” in tackling period poverty after securing assurances that the Government was “considering options” for free sanitary products in primary schools.

Independent Commission announces plans for up to £9,000 in lifelong learning grants

The Independent Commission on Lifelong Learning, which was convened by Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable, has today set out a vision for a 'new era of learning throughout life' with proposals for government grants of up to £9,000.

Tory cuts contributing to rise in knife crime

Responding to the report by Ofsted on Safeguarding children and young people in education from knife crime, which has found schools aren’t supported well enough when it comes to dealing with knife crime, Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Layla Moran said:

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