This much I (DON’T) know about…why Education is not on the General Election agenda

johntomsett

I have been a teacher for 26 years, a Headteacher for 11 years and, at the age of 50 this much I (DON’T) know about why Education is not on the General Election agenda.

Remember 1997? In his latest book Alistair Campbell recalls that back then education was [New Labour’s] number one priority. Those were the days, eh? None of the main political parties seems to be talking too much about education this time around.

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Remember October 2010? That month is memorable for me for George Osborne’s Comprehensive Spending Review where he announced cuts to the state sector of £81 billion. The implication for us was a real terms cut of £700,000 in funding over four years. As Jim Royle would say, Ring-fenced my a**e.  Should we have done nothing at that time, by 2012-13 we would have had a deficitof£1,082,607. Instead, at the end of 2013 we had a

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