Ptotecting Children should be near the top of the political agenda.
Our manifesto was launched yesterday;
• Ensure most children are able to attend a good local school with admissions policies decided locally and applying to all schools.
• Move gradually to smaller class sizes by spending a further £500 million on 15,000 more teachers to get classes down to an
average of 20 pupils by the end of the Parliament.
• Defend existing smaller schools and create more smaller schools. Large secondary schools in particular are alienating, and the Government’s current plan to rebuild all secondary schools offers the perfect opportunity to do so on a more human scale
• Child carers under the age of 16 receive nothing at all. They are perhaps our most vulnerable child labourers, often working very long hours and bearing emotional burdens far beyond their years. These children receive no financial support and in many cases work longer hours than their older counterparts. Their schooling and education are often compromised and some simply never have the chance to ‘play’.
Other similar pledges I have signed are
Support for www.gingerbread.org.uk/
National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) pledge for deaf children
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