We will use this money to boost teaching numbers by 20,000 and increase starting salaries to £30,000.

Our schools should be world class, helping every child make the most of the challenges ahead. But instead, they are trailing behind.

The Conservatives have cut school funding to the bone and children have paid the price, especially those with the most complex needs.

"Highly valued, well trained teachers are the most important resource we have in our education system. Liberal Democrats will recruit 20,000 more teachers and give them the pay and support they deserve.

It is disgraceful that some schools feel they have no choice but to ask parents to chip in for supplies, and are closing early on Friday to balance the books.

Liberal Democrats will build a brighter future for every child. By stopping Brexit, we can spend £10 billion of our Remain Bonus on reversing school cuts and hiring 20,000 more teachers, so that pupils can leave school happy, healthy and with the skills they need to succeed in life.

❌Tory cuts to school funding since 2015 have meant that children & teachers have had to pay the price.

✅A LibDem Government will recruit 20,000 new teachers as part of an extra £10 billion a year for schools.

Headteachers are crying out for more staff, but too many are leaving the profession because they are overworked and underpaid. A Liberal Democrat government will attract and retain teachers by increasing their starting salaries to £30,000 and guaranteeing all teachers a pay rise of at least 3% a year over the next Parliament.

The funding also includes an increase in support for children with special educational needs or disabilities, and money to provide high-quality professional development for teachers.

In addition, we will also invest in the fabric of our schools, setting aside £7 billion over five years to build classrooms fit for the future.

This £10 billion a year is an investment in our children’s future and this just one of the fantastic policies from our manifesto that will help build a brighter future for our entire country.

At their Autumn conference, the Lib Dems pledged £1 billion of extra funding for FE. This includes refunding colleges for the VAT they pay.

The party's education spokesperson, Layla Moran, told the Lib Dem conference in Brighton that the “narrow, rigid template” given to students of working hard to achieve academically, before proceeding to university, did not suit everyone.

At the time, she said: “While this story could well be the template for a great life, it could also be misleading, and even potentially damaging. Because life doesn’t often work out this way. And when it doesn’t, our education system simply struggles to cope."

She pointed out that two out of five FE colleges were in deficit, and said it was “time we ended the divide between schools and colleges”.

The party has also pledged to extend the pupil premium to 16-18 students, creating the new “young people’s premium”. This would be based on the same eligibility criteria as the pupil premium, but a portion of it would be paid directly to the young person.

“It’s great to see another major further education announcement from a major political party. It is clear, whoever you talk to that colleges play a huge role in answering the big questions facing the country.

AoC Chief Executive David Hughes

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