Sadly #LabourConference2019 matters:
#Ofsted was enthusiastically embraced (and reformed) under Blair / Brown ... so it is sad - but inevitable - that #Labour under #Corbyn want to abolish it. Yet Ofsted has been a key part of driving up #educational #standards in England. 1/
Without any doubt children’s #education + #school outcomes are better with an #independent regulator. As a Blairite teacher put it to me:
“No one likes the referee in football but we need them”
Children’s education will be affected adversely if this plan goes ahead 2/
Then #Labour votes to abolish #privateschools + “redistribute” all building/assets = steal!
- obvs Corbyn, McDonnell, Milne, Lansman all ➡️ private schools (Watson did not .. but he’s a Tory now!)
- real Q= how do they integrate 600,000 extra #pupils (+ pay for this)? 3/
Labour school plans mean:
-257,000 job losses
-now need an extra 2,000+ new schools
- adds billions cost to schools budget + loses £1.8 bil from foreign students
Consequence = yr taxes (rich or poor / minimum wage) will be spent on educating previously fee paying children? 4/
And if you want a local angle ... @mowden_hall in #Northumberland is abolished, its staff all sacked, its buildings and assets taken away. The motion today could not be clearer ⬇️: this is why labour “policy” matters / Ends Image

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