General Election 2019: Labour's National Education Service

We have brilliant schools in Dulwich and West Norwood, but they have suffered the worst cuts under the Tories and Lib Dems anywhere in the country. Our schools have on average lost £771 per pupil since 2010, and after nearly a decade of austerity our local schools face a shortfall of £10.9M next year.

As both a parent of school age children and in my work as a MP for the past four years, I have seen the amazing work our teachers and support staff do on a daily basis in our area despite overwhelming challenges and limited resources.

Our children and teachers deserve better. A Labour government will reverse the funding cuts and reinvest in all of our schools, so every child gets a world-leading education.

We will also build a National Education Service providing teaching and training from infancy to adulthood. We would extend free childcare to all 2,3 and 4 year olds; build a Sure Start Centre in every community; invest in a diverse and varied curriculum through our Arts Pupil Premium; scrap tuition fees so everyone can access university education; and invest in apprenticeships and free adult education so that anyone can access the training they need at any stage of their life.

If you re-elect me to represent you as your MP, I will continue to be a champion for our local schools and fight for the resources they need.