Tories are lying about child literacy – they’re offering pennies to replace the pounds they’ve taken

The Shadow Education Secretary, Angela Rayner, said government ministers had missed their teacher recruitment targets for five years in a row [Image: PA].

This is typical Tory policy. They would break our legs and then hand us a sticking plaster, saying, “This’ll make it all better!”

Then, when we don’t get better, they’ll tell us it’s our fault.

So it will be with child literacy. Having taken away so much of teachers’ ability to actually, you know, teach, they’re offering some cash from their back pocket, saying it will sort out all our children’s problems.

And when it doesn’t work, they’ll say the children simply lack intelligence and attempting to educate them is pointless.

Better to send them to work as chimney sweeps or some such. Right, Mrs May?

The Government has been criticised over plans to increase literacy in schools, with opponents claiming new funding to help children read and write pales in comparison to recent school budget cuts.

Labour said an additional £45m investment in boosting child literacy “will do nothing” to reverse £2.7bn of funding cuts it says schools in England have faced since 2015.

It comes as the Department for Education unveiled a series of measures to help primary school children improve their reading and writing skills.

Source: Tory Government’s child literacy scheme ‘will do nothing’ to reverse billions in school budget cuts, Labour says | The Independent


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4 thoughts on “Tories are lying about child literacy – they’re offering pennies to replace the pounds they’ve taken

  1. NMac

    Tories lie about everything and, if given the opportunity, they attempt to erase their nastiness and incompetence from the history books. They have been doing it for as long as they have existed.

  2. Christine Cullen

    A very good summing up of today’s position re education. A retired teacher, I am despairing of the current situation of teachers de-skilled and bullied by successive governments, and now we see the fruits of that. Angela Rayner looks promising. I just hope she is up to the gargantuan task when Labour achieves leadership in government.

  3. rotzeichen

    Sums up the whole Tory strategy in a nutshell, the Tories don’t won’t an educated population, they want that so that the few can dictate the life styles of the many.

  4. Lynn Jenks

    This is not directly relevant to primary teaching but I felt like a rant. My secondary Academy ‘lost’ 38 staff last academic year. A lovely Spanish lady whose enthusiasm is wonderful but whose grasp of English is lacking in nuance is now head of the English department. We have two Newly Qualified Teachers and one ‘Teach First’ qualified girl teaching English. A ‘Teach First’ teacher needs a degree in any subject (she passed Hospitality) and SIX WEEKS of training. And now she’s teaching our Year 10 students how to pass GCSE English. Only problem is, she can’t spell, knows b all about Shakespeare and doesn’t understand English as she is writ by bods like Charles Dickens. I am just a Teaching Assistant, but with a Degree in English Literature and five years experience of teaching GCSE English I’m better qualified than she is, and I know these kids. I work with SEN students and I’ve been supporting this particular class for two years, building a rapport with them. In one year this situation has demolished their confidence. They are angry and confused and I don’t blame them. This is what the b******d tory party have done to normal, ordinary, decent kids who have little or no support at home but who want to do better. God rot the tory party.

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