The Leader of the Scottish Labour Party headed south of the border today to see how Newcastle is improving education for its youngest residents.
Kezia Dugdale MSP visited Hawthorn Primary School in Elswick and Sure Start Children’s Centre in the city's West End on a fact-finding mission which also highlighted the SNP’s failure in government to tackle the attainment gap between pupils from lower and high income families in Scottish schools.
Class sizes soar in the North East, as Tories fail to keep pace with growing pressure on school places
The number of young children taught in large classes of 31 or more has trebled to over 100,000 in across the country since 2010 – this is the highest number on record for 15 years.
Class sizes are soaring in every region in the country. In the North East, there are now 3,278 infants in classes of over 30 – a rise of 167 per-cent over the past five years.
Teachers leaving profession at the highest number since records began, whilst applications to teach fall in the North East
Lucy Powell MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, today warns of a growing teacher supply crisis, after new analysis by Labour shows that schools are facing chronic shortages of teachers - a result of a combination of the Tories’ botched handling of recruitment, lack of forward planning, and doing down the profession. The system risks losing highly mobile, qualified graduates to other professions, particularly in subjects that are key to boosting our country’s competitiveness, such as maths and Computer Science.Read more
Ed Miliband has today set out Labour’s plan for an education with a pledge to end over-crowded infant school classes in the region.
Analysis from the Labour Party shows that the number of infants being taught in classes of over 30 pupils has risen by 147% since January 2010 with over 3000 pupils affected.
The sharpest rises have been in Sunderland with a 1413% increase.
On Teesside, Stockton on Tees has seen a 169% increase in infants in large class sizes.Read more
Almost one in five schools in region are over capacity, as parents rush to meet deadline to apply for a primary school place
As parents rush to meet the deadline for primary school applications this week, new analysis of Freedom of Information requests reveals that one in five primary schools have more pupils than they have capacity for – forcing many children into large classes or temporary, make-shift classrooms.Read more