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British public want more foreign students

by Steve Beasant on 13 April, 2017

The Liberal Democrats have seized on fresh research showing that three quarters of the British public say they welcome foreign students The Liberal Democrats have seized on fresh research showing that three quarters of the British public say they welcome foreign students after learning how much they contribute to the UK economy. Theresa May has […]

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John Pugh MP writes: Campaigning for your local school

by Steve Beasant on 18 March, 2017

The following article was written by the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Education Spokesperson, John Pugh and published yesterday on the Lib Dem Voice Website. Its Spring and much is stirring as people look cheerfully ahead at prospects new. Every well informed individual in the schools sector though looks ahead with scarcely disguised pessimism. There is one […]

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CASH-strapped local councils are flogging two school playing fields a month to plug the gap in social care funding, it was claimed. Lib Dem Leader Farron hit out: “Councils are selling off the family silver, our school playing fields, to plug their funding gaps and pay for social care.” “The flame of inspiration sparked by […]

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In the first day back of 2017 the House of Lords have defeated the Government (248-221) over an amendment to the Higher Education Bill which sets out the role and purpose of universities in our society. Following the government defeat, Sue Garden, Liberal Democrat Higher Education Spokesperson in the Lords, said: “The Higher Education Bill […]

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Lord Storey, Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson in the House of Lords, has forced the Government to back down from calling a vote to defend their recent changes to the school census. Lord Storey tabled a regret motion against the changes, introduced this year, which will require parents or teachers to submit information on whether children […]

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Commenting on changes to the schools’ census that require schools to ask for the nationality and the country of birth of pupils, Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said: “It is disgusting that the Department of Education is asking for schools to send out questionnaires asking for children’s place of birth. It is unnecessary, divisive and […]

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Kirsty Williams speech to Liberal Democrat Conference

by Steve Beasant on 18 September, 2016

Welsh Cabinet Secretary for Education Kirsty Williams will launch an attack on grammar schools in a speech to Liberal Democrat conference this afternoon, insisting they will not be introduced under her watch in Wales. She also announced plans to double the early years pupil premium. Full text of Kirsty Williams‘ speech below: *check against delivery* […]

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Erasmus must be protected from Brexit

by Steve Beasant on 18 September, 2016

Opportunities to study and train abroad under the EU’s Erasmus programme must be protected during the coming Brexit negotiations, the Liberal Democrats have said. The party has backed a motion calling on the Government to make a clear commitment to protecting the student exchange scheme, which has benefited over 200,000 UK students since it was […]

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Responding to Theresa May’s plans for a wave of new grammar schools, Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said: “If the Conservatives care about our children’s education they should reverse their cuts to school budgets. We need to improve all schools not just let some become grammars. Too many pupils are let down by a divisive system […]

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Hannah’s Erasmus Story

by Steve Beasant on 8 September, 2016

Hannah’s erasmus experience gave her the skills, confidence and experience she needed to succeed. Read her story and find out why we must save Erasmus: This article was written by Hannah Bettsworth, and was published on 31st August on the Liberal Democrats Website.  I went to the Universidad de Salamanca in Spain for my Erasmus […]

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