Steve Beasant

Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Great Grimsby and Councillor for the East Marsh Learn more

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Commenting on a Public Accounts Committee report into Academy schools, PAC member and Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Layla Moran said: “The Conservatives’ ideological obsession with academies has cost the taxpayer dear. “Despite there being no evidence that converting a school to an academy improves attainment, the Government are shamefully ploughing on regardless and are willing to ask […]

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Commenting on the recent NUS Poverty Commission Report, Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Layla Moran said: “It is disappointing and completely unacceptable that people from lower income backgrounds still face so many barriers to education and training. “As this important report makes clear, the factors driving this inequality are varied and complex, but the government must not shy away […]

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Research published today by the Sutton Trust and conducted by academics from Oxford University shows that as many as 1,000 Sure Start centres have closed since 2009, with 69% of local authorities reporting a budget decrease in the last two years. Commenting on the research titled ‘Stop Start’, Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson and MP for Oxford […]

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Today the Liberal Democrats announce plans that would abolish Ofsted and create widespread reform in how school and pupil performance is judged. Ofsted will be replaced with a new Inspector of Schools who will report on a broad array of qualities including pupil welfare, the promotion of equality of opportunity and teacher workload, sickness and […]

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3,750 teachers in England on long-term stress leave

by Steve Beasant on 11 January, 2018

Thousands of teachers are on long-term stress leave – and it shows the pressure that teachers are under in England. These shocking figures must be a wake-up call for this Government. The following article was written by Lib Dem MP Layla Moran and published today on the Lib Dem Website. There were 3,750 teachers in […]

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Responding to Justine Greening stepping down as Education Secretary, Vince Cable, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said: “Justine Greening has been pushed out of government. The only rational explanation would be that this is an acknowledgement that the Conservatives have a failed schools policy”

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Almost 2,350 academics from the EU have resigned from UK universities in the past year, research by the Liberal Democrats has revealed. That’s up 19% from 1,975 two years ago (i.e. before the Brexit vote), and up 10% from 1,938 last year. There are over 25,400 academics at UK universities from elsewhere in the EU. […]

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Layla Moran to amend Finance Bill on period poverty

by Steve Beasant on 20 November, 2017

Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Layla Moran is to table amendments to the Finance Bill if the budget does not contain any measures to tackle period poverty. Layla Moran MP said: “One in ten girls can’t afford hygiene products. Girls are skipping school and missing out on their education while on their period, or using unsuitable […]

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A BBC Panorama documentary airing tonight on the ‘Student Loans Scandal’ will reveal how education agents are recruiting bogus students to private colleges to claim loans they should not have access to. Agents help students to obtain fraudulent qualifications, offer to sell coursework and are able to fake attendance. The programme has uncovered evidence of abuse […]

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The Liberal Democrats have written to Theresa May calling on her sack a government whip who wrote to universities asking for the names of those who teach courses on Brexit and the content of their lectures. The party is also calling on the government to write to universities and make clear they are in no way obliged […]

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