Chesterfield schools are being let down by the government, according to Lib Dem spokesperson

Campaigners in Chesterfield are urging the government to put more money into education locally, after it was revealed teachers at a local Primary School are having to dip into their own pockets to buy equipment for pupils.

Last Week, Brampton Primary School’s head teacher said funding shortages have “compromised” its ability to offer a quality education for all of its 345 pupils.

Elsewhere, Hasland Hall secondary school announced two days of strike action this month over a union dispute regarding teacher workload, working practices and student indiscipline.

On top of that, Peak FM has recently been hearing from a number of concerned parents of children with special educational needs who were having to fight costly tribunals in order to be granted sufficient learning support. 

Emily Coy, parliamentary spokesperson and Chesterfield Borough Councillor for the Liberal Democrats believes it is due to a lack of spending from the government.

She said: "The conservative government will tell you they are spending more on education, but what that doesn't take into account is the rise in pupil numbers. So what that doesn't take into account is the rise in pupil numbers. So spending per pupil has actually decreased in real terms."

"What we've heard are instances where children have been excluded from school with conditions like autism because the school is unable to provide the educational support package needed. In some cases, children are waiting up to two years to get the support they need.

"It is disgraceful that children with special educational needs and disabilities are being denied an education because of Conservative cuts.  No head teacher should have to make these choices and no child should be without an education.

"As Liberal Democrats we demand better for children because spending on schools isn’t simply necessary, it’s our moral duty."

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