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Local children will benefit from Lib Dem schools plan

February 11, 2009 4:58 PM
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Bedfordshire schools will receive an additional £17 million under the Lib Dems' plans

Proposals from the Liberal Democrats for big improvements to schools and teaching will see around £17 million of extra cash for schools in Bedfordshire to boost the education and life chances of thousands of children.

The plans were launched by Party Leader Nick Clegg and Shadow Secretary of State for Schools, David Laws MP. They call for raising standards in all local schools; closing the gap between children from rich and poor families and ending the era of Government meddling in education.

Speaking about the proposals, Bedford Borough Liberal Democrat Group Leader Cllr Dave Hodgson said: "There are a number of radical ideas to ensure all young people get the best start in life. The extra cash will make a real difference in our local schools. I am particularly pleased that funding is proposed to cut infant class sizes to private school levels of 15.'

"We will also introduce a £2.5bn Pupil Premium, to ensure that extra funding goes to the pupils with the highest needs, whichever school they are in. And some of that extra money will pay for after school and Saturday classes, and extended school days.'

"We will also get central government off the back of schools, teachers and pupils. The days of ministers in Whitehall stifling schools and interfering with everything that happens in the classroom must end. Schools here in Bedford Borough need to be freed to teach children rather than spend their time obeying ministerial orders and trying to achieve government targets.'

"The schools proposals put forward by the Liberal Democrats will go a long way to ensuring that the many thousands of local children who go to local schools have at least as good a start in life as the smaller number who are educated privately."

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