Dudley North MP Ian Austin has called on MPs from all parties to take radical action on education.
Speaking in the House of Commons at a debate on education and technical skills, Austin called for all parties to agree on ambitious long-term targets on education as well as radical action including the allocation of private school places to the brightest students in state schools.
International rankings currently put Britain behind countries including Estonia, Poland, and the Czech Republic on basic skills and the number of young apprentices is falling.
Austin is campaigning for radical action on education after conducting a survey in Dudley in which nine out of ten residents backed his call for education and skills to be Dudley’s number one priority and more than half backed more apprenticeships.
Ian Austin said:
“I think we have to make education and skills our country’s number one priority.”
“We should agree as a country – all the parties, government, schools, universities, teachers and businesses - clear, long-term targets to transform education and ensure we have the skills we need to compete in the future.”
“Better schools, betters skills, better jobs - that must be our rallying cry in the 21st century.”