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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