Labour is to promise free, healthy breakfasts for all primary-age children as part of a multibillion pound plan to “poverty-proof” England’s schools and boost educational standards. The Guardian reports.
The shadow education secretary, Angela Rayner, will on Thursday pledge to recruit 20,000 more teachers, cap secondary class sizes at 30, and spend £7bn on repairs and upgrades to England’s crumbling school buildings.
As well as expanding the provision of free breakfasts to all primary schools across England to help combat hunger, Labour would also pilot free breakfasts in secondary schools and introduce a new programme of “extended schools”, in the evenings and the summer holidays, to help all children to access activities such as sport.
Funding for the measures will come from the extra set aside for education in Labour’s manifesto – with the revenue raised through tax increases, including restoring corporation tax to 26%.
Read more measures to be announced and what the unions have to say about it Free breakfasts to form part of Labour plan to ‘poverty-proof’ schools
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