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


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.


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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