Labour pledges to recruit 20,000 more teachers to reduce class sizes

Labour has pledged to recruit nearly 20,000 more teachers to ensure class sizes are capped at 30. About 25,000 staff who are currently “unqualified” would also be fully trained during Labour’s first term in office if the party won the 12 December general election, the party insisted. The Independent reports.

Education experts have welcomed extra funding – but the headteachers’ union said Labour’s pledge to recruit 20,000 new teachers was still not enough to keep up with pupil numbers.

Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, said: “We need significantly more recruits than Labour are suggesting just to meet rising demand, never mind reduce current class sizes.

“The new recruits we need will not magically appear, and nor will they stay if we don’t also address the stress and unnecessary workload that is widespread in the system.”

On the announcement from Labour, schools minister Nick Gibb said: “Corbyn’s Labour would wreck the economy, leaving no money for public services, and would waste the whole of next year on two chaotic referendums.”

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  1. Hazel Turner

    Promising more teachers is not the answer to the problems in education at the moment. While ever schools have to manage a limited budget they will always have to compromise on staff whatever is promised as this is their biggest cost. Also this does not address the problem of many teachers leaving the profession. I think the government should fund assessment teams to go into schools termly and produce updated assessments on all pupils. As well as alleviating the workload considerably for teachers who spend hours on assessment and analysis of results, it would ensure accuracy and consistency and allow teachers time to teach new skills and consolidate learning through having time to plan and prepare suitable activities.

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