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Poll boost prior to public meeting on Academies

October 7, 2008
Cllr Kathryn Field

Cllr Kathryn Field

A major survey has concluded that Liberal Democrat education policies are the most popular with teachers, as local Lib Dems prepare for a public meeting on Academies in Hastings.

The highly-regarded Times Educational Supplement polled 5,832 teachers asking them about the parties’ policies, without telling them which policy belonged to which party.

The Lib Dems topped the poll with the Conservatives coming second and Labour in third place. Nine out of ten teachers surveyed said that a party’s education policies would make a difference to how they voted.

The news comes as local Lib Dems are holding a public meeting entitled, ‘Can Academies give our children the education they deserve?’.

The meeting will start at 7pm, Monday 13 October, at the Unitarian Church, South Terrace, Hastings.

Keynote speaker Cllr Kathryn Field, Lib Dem spokesperson for Children’s Services on East Sussex County Council says,

“This poll shows that the Lib Dems are not just in tune with parents but also with teachers. If Hastings secondary schools are to improve, then we need a plan that is backed by our children, parents and by the teaching profession.”

Nick Perry, Lib Dem parliamentary campaigner for Hastings & Rye (who will chair the meeting next Monday) says,

“The Liberal Democrats are presenting a clear policy choice on education. We are the main opposition to the Conservatives on the County Council and we are the only party that has been clear about our support for the Super Head model rather than the Academies model.

“Academies will take away the democratic accountability of local schools.

“We hope that parents, teachers, children and school governors will come and hear Kathryn speak, and give us their views on the County’s plans.”

[What are your views on the Academies Plan?]

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