This week, I condemned the government again on their shameful refusal to admit they have delivered real terms cuts to school budgets in Bristol West.

I am so inspired by the excellent schools in Bristol, but I am so angry that teachers and staff are being asked to do more and more for less money.

The government’s funding settlements have not taken into account the rising demand for school places, the increases in staffing and maintenance costs, and the growing need for special educational needs and disabilities provision. And as local authorities have their funding cut to the bone, it is schools that feel the effects of dwindling mental health support and delays in creating support plans for students.

The consequences of the government’s refusal to act is clear for all teachers and parents. It means subjects being cut from the curriculum, fewer enrichment and support activities and less support available to help students with special educational needs and disabilities to thrive.

I spent today visiting two schools in Bristol West – Bannerman Road and Colston Girl’s School. And the amazing children there, who asked me such thoughtful and interesting questions, and told me about their great campaigns against climate change and sexual harassment, deserve so much better. They deserve a Labour government that will put the education, care and mental health of children and young people at the top of their list – along with climate change!

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