Angela Rayner, Labour Shadow Secretary of State has just finished her speech to the party conference in Brighton…
Schools Week have the full text of her speech here.
Overall, it was a strong and confident speech by Rayner to the party faithful, she made clear two priorities for the opposition – sure start and “lifelong learning,” two areas she speaks passionately about relating to her own life experience. The speech was lighter in the area of schools: there were no new announcements, with all the funding pledges appearing in the manifesto (note: it may be worth watching Corbyn tomorrow for new major education pledge). She did commit to Labour’s line on more funding and removing the cap on teacher pay, which went down very well.
There was no mention of SEND – although she did use the rhetoric of “providing high quality education for all”. While there was no specific mention, it was good to see TAs & support staff receiving a rise in pay & national standards considering their contact with SEND learners.
Finally, the National Education Service is a radical idea that seeks to give our education system the same amount of prestige as the NHS. As Labour published its draft charter, we will be consulting with the party on these plans to ensure the “NES” has inclusion at its heart.