£26m of cuts.

The loss of free school meals.

Theresa May’s vision for Britain seems to be creating a cruel and heartless society.

(see how much schools are due to lose in St Ives, Camborne & Redruth, Truro & Falmouth, St Austell & Newquay, South East Cornwall and North Cornwall respectively)

Only the Lib Dems will fight for Cornwall’s schools.

We have a comprehensive, thought-through plan to address the issues across the country - here’s a  summary of our manifesto:

  • Invest nearly £7bn extra in education

  • Triple the Early Years Pupil Premium to £1,000

  • Oppose new selective schools and give local authorities control over admissions and new schools

  • Raise the quality of early years provision

  • End the 1% cap on teachers' pay rises

  • Guarantee all state school teachers are fully qualified or working towards qualified teacher status from January 2019

  • Introduce a professional development entitlement of 25 hours per year for all teachers, rising to 50 hours by 2025

  • Tackle unnecessary teacher workloads

  • Reform Ofsted inspections

  • Scrap the planned expansion of grammar schools

  • Ensure that identification and support for special educational needs and disabilities takes place as early as possible

  • Protect the availability of arts and creative subjects in the curriculum

  • Improve the quality of vocational education, including skills for entrepreneurship and self-employment, and improve careers advice and links with employers

  • Challenge gender stereotyping and early sexualisation

  • Reinstate university maintenance grants for the poorest students

  • Double the number of businesses that hire apprentices.

In Cornwall, Lib Dems have been champions against the raw deal our education system gets for years - we know how important it is for every child to get a great start in life.

Labour may have a plan, but they cannot win here - a vote for them only makes it easier for the Conservatives to retain control in Cornwall.

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