Maryam4FGG on Education and the Labour Party

Maryam4FGG on Education and the Labour Party


Hi, I’m Miriam and I am standing to be
your parliamentary candidate in Finchley and Golders Green. We must fight to win
back this seat to form a Labour government with Jeremy Corbyn as our
Prime Minister. I am currently a teacher at the only remaining comprehensive
school in the area. I’m also a member and activist in the National Education Union. It was when I became a teacher that I realised what years of conservative policy can do to an education system. My students now have to suffer through a target driven, individualised exam focused system. We teachers are no longer able to teach, we just have to ensure our students get
exam results. Students are so stressed it’s no longer a rarity for a student to
break into tears and explain to us that everything has gotten too much under the
Conservative government. It is expected that school budgets will be cut by 3
billion pounds by 2020, these cuts mean that many schools have no choice but to
increase their class sizes, many can no longer offer creative subjects like art,
music and many schools no longer have the funds to afford enough teaching
assistants. Like most Conservative austerity policies it’s always the most
vulnerable that suffer the most, in this case it’s students with special
educational needs who are not getting the support they deserve. Were they to
have a teaching assistant many could probably access the lessons but with
cuts this is not always possible. We need a Labour government who promised to properly fund the education system, who ensures that we have a system that
takes care of all students rather than just a select few, who value creativity
and learning and want to offer a holistic education to all our students.
As well as imposing cuts the Conservative government has forced so
many schools into academising. All of a sudden we have CEOs who are being paid
up to hundreds of thousands of pounds to manage schools, stripping the local
community having a say in how schools in their area should be run. Labour has
promised an end to academisation, and has promised to bring schools back into local community control. Seeing the reality of our education
system since becoming a teacher has awoken in me the desire to change this
system. I joined the National Education Union, became the union rep in my school
and began to mobilise staff. I am proud to say as the only remaining
comprehensive school in the borough, management at my school recognised the importance of listening to the unions. The staff at my school understand the
importance of a collective voice. It is only under a Labour government led by
Jeremy Corbyn, that we will be able to get our education system back on track. I
promise as your parliamentary candidate I will fight for an education system
that is for the many and not the few.

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