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“Disappointing” Queen’s Speech offers little for education and nothing for childcare

Commenting on today’s Queen’s Speech (21 June 2017), Deborah Lawson, General Secretary of Voice: the union for education professionals, said:

“I am pleased that there appear to be no plans for new grammar schools or for further disruptive changes to the education system, and look forward to more details of the ‘reform of technical education’ – an area of education which has been neglected for too long.

“However, it is disappointing that the speech offers little for education and nothing for childcare – on the day that the OECD highlights the key role of early education and care in boosting social mobility.

“I am deeply concerned that the immediate funding, workload and recruitment and retention crises in schools and childcare were not addressed.

“We hope that the funding planned for grammar schools will be used more effectively elsewhere in the current school system.

“The Government must listen to the concerns of parents and professionals.”

Voice set out what it believes should be the key education and early years priorities for the new government in its General Election Statement: www.voicetheunion.org.uk/GE2017.


Voice Press Office (pressoffice@voicetheunion.org.uk) on 01332 372337 or 0794 871 0413 or General Secretary Deborah Lawson (deborahlawson@voicetheunion.org.uk) on 01332 372337 or 07725 960 132.



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