The Tories are Failing Our Children


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91% of schools across the country are facing government cuts to their budgets. Portsmouth schools will have lost over £3million under this Tory Government by 2019. These funding cuts to education are biting hard:

  • Class sizes are increasing
  • Support staff have been axed
  • Experienced teachers are leaving the profession
  • Schools are asking parents for money for vital materials

Over the next 3 years 50 out of 56 Portsmouth schools will continue to face crippling budget  cuts (

Schools in our city are being left behind, yet the Prime Minister continues to recycle her line claiming the opposite. She’s said that the amount of money in schools was greater than ever before, a claim refuted by the NEU, NAC, and NUT.

Portsmouth South MP and Councillor for Charles Dickens ward Stephen Morgan said:

Her Education Secretary has already been reprimanded by the statistics watchdog for saying school spending is going up – just because you repeat something doesn’t make it true.

But Portsmouth’s teachers and parents know the reality of the Tories failure to invest in our children’s futures, and they deserve better.’

Amanda Martin, NUT Executive Member for Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth & Southampton said:

‘The Government’s real-terms cuts to education funding have seen £2.8 billion cut from school budgets since 2015.

The Prime Minister is wrong on the facts. She must address the funding crisis urgently and not continue to ignore these very real problems.’

And the latest available data from the Trussell Trust, says that there are also approximately 40,000 children in the South East reliant on food banks.

Mr Morgan asked the PM: ‘If the Prime Minister was a teacher who’d been under a pay cap for 8 years, what would she buy a struggling child in one of my city’s classrooms – a text book or a square meal?’

All this, while nationally the Tories:

  • continue to pour money into free schools
  • want to bring back grammar schools

Labour will focus on what matters most – caring for our children and driving up the quality of teaching in our classrooms.


21st/22nd APRIL 

             ‘Create a noise so loud that no one can ignore what’s happening to our schools.’


City MP fights for better deal for Portsmouth schools

School lobbyTeachers from Portsmouth schools met with City MP Stephen Morgan today with their concerns about the current and future level of school funding in the city.

The National Education Union (NEU) is running a campaign and website demonstrating that 88% of school budgets are being cut by Government in real terms compared with 2015. There is widespread awareness that present and future levels of financial commitment fall well short of what is needed to maintain real terms 2015/16 funding.

£2.8 billion has been cut from school budgets since 2015 and school funding is £2bn a year less than it was.

Under Government plans 92% of the city’s schools are set to lose out. Average pupil funding in Portsmouth will drop by £273.00 per pupil which equates to a -6% reduction.  At Ark Charter Academy in the heart of the city, there is a £650.00 reduction per pupil.

Stephen Morgan MP for Portsmouth South said:

“It was good to welcome local teachers to Parliament today. From what they’ve said, it is clear that school funding is in crisis, and we must have a response from Government which appreciates the magnitude of the problem, and invests accordingly in the country’s future.

In next month’s Budget, I am urging the Chancellor to make sure the right sums are allocated for the Department of Education.

As someone who benefited from Portsmouth’s schools, I won’t rest until they are given a better deal from this Government.

It is high time our city’s schools get the resources they so desperately need to give every single child in Portsmouth the best possible start in life”.


Rumal Khan, Labour candidate for Portsmouth North, shares his thoughts on the future of education in the city:

As a father of three children who have grown up in Portsmouth, I know the importance of a good education and the value of the schools who provide it. I am proud of what my two daughters and son are achieving and am grateful that they have had the chance to experience things through their education that are helping them get on in life. But I also know only too well that it is not like this for all children.

One in four of them are living in poverty in the UK right now. The total figure has soared by 400,000 since the Tories came to power. Source: the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Continue reading

Plans to invest in local schools.

Schools1Labour has announced plans to invest in local schools and a national education service to ensure no one is held back and create a more skilled workforce and productive economy.
Moreover, the party plans to increase schools funding and introduce free, lifelong education in colleges at the heart of its commitment to create a society run for the many, not the few.
Labour’s key pledges include:
* stopping the cuts to school budgets with a real terms increase in funding
* reducing class sizes to under 30 for all five, six and seven year olds
* providing free school meals for all primary sources chool children
* restoring education maintenance allowance for college students
* restoring student grants for university students
* scrapping fees on courses for adult learners looking to re-train or upskill

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Rhetoric on social mobility has not been matched by results

Children from poorer homes are nearly half as likely to attend an outstanding primary school as richer children, research finds.

Only 15% of children from the poorest 30% of families currently go to outstanding primary schools, a study by education charity Teach First suggests. This compares to 27% of children from the richest 30% of families who attend a school rated highly by inspectors.

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