Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt has visited Dudley to set out Labour’s plans to support improving schools.
Tristram Hunt joined Dudley North Labour candidate Ian Austin to meet teachers and students at Priory Primary School on Limes Road, Dudley.
Priory Primary School has made rapid improvements under new Head Teacher Jill Bennett. The school was previously in special measures but was rated good by Ofsted in its most recent report, making it one of a handful of schools to improve so quickly.
Labour has promised to support schools by protecting the education budget, cap class sizes for five, six and seven year-olds at 30 pupils or fewer and introduce new Directors of School Standards in every area to get improvements in place.
Ian Austin has been campaigning to make education the number one priority in Dudley to attract new businesses and new jobs to the town and has called for local schools to commit to making the sharpest improvements in the country.
Ian Austin said:
“Priory Primary School is a brilliant example of how well local schools can perform if governors, parents and the whole community get behind heads and teachers working hard to make improvements.
“Education and skills has to be our number one priority in Dudley to attract new businesses and new jobs to protect the ones we’ve lost.
“I think young people in Dudley and do just as well as anyone else, so we should all make a commitment to having the sharpest improvement in school results in the country.”