UK Politics

Liberal Democratic Party: Primary school standards slipping backwards – Laws

Press Release   •   Dec 01, 2009 13:05 GMT

"The Government needs to invest extra cash in our schools so they can cut class sizes," said the Liberal Democrat Shadow Schools Secretary.

Commenting on today’s league table results, which reveal the number of schools with more than half of children not reaching expected levels has risen, David Laws said:

“Standards in our primary schools are now showing signs of slipping backwards. It is very worrying that the number of schools in which the majority of pupils left without achieving expected levels of progress has actually risen. 

“Ed Balls’ approach of trying to micro-manage the education system is holding schools back and preventing them from getting the best from all their pupils.

“Instead of more gimmicks and bureaucracy, the Government needs to invest extra cash in our schools so they can cut class sizes and run catch-up lessons for all those children who are struggling.”