Schools in England are struggling. A decade of underfunding means that 83% of schools have financial difficulties.
In 2015, David Cameron promised that his Tory Government would continue to protect school funding. They didn't deliver.
During the 2017 election, Theresa May promised to spend £4bn more. She failed to deliver.
And now, Boris Johnson promises to level up school funding and ensure there are no more winners and losers. Why should we trust him after a decade of failure to live up to the promises?
These are the realities that Brexit hides. Our children's futures are being damaged by short-sighted cuts in funding.
Unless something is done, our schools will be reeling from a £1.3bn funding shortfall in 2022/23. Our schools will face the most significant funding crisis in a generation.
Let's put this another way.
Since 2015 the average amount spent on a pupil has fallen from £5,000 a year to just under £4,700.
In England’s primary school, children are taught in the largest classes since the year 2000.
Our children are being let down badly. In Secondary schools, the number of children taught in classes over 30 is at its highest since 1981!
The Tories are failing our children and putting their futures at risk. It makes little educational sense, but nor does it make economic sense. Businesses are crying out for better-educated school leavers.
Teacher shortages, large classes, crumbling schools and shortage of educational materials. We are back in the darkest days of the 1980s.