Figures from the National Education Union show that next year (2020/21), schools in Torridge and West Devon will have seen their budgets cut by £2,274,108 in real terms since 2015, once increasing pupil numbers are taken into account.

This is equivalent to a cut of £242 per pupil. Across the constituency, 58% of schools have seen their spending power cut since 2015.

As a result of these cuts average class sizes in both Primary and Secondary schools have increased in Torridge and West Devon.

David Chalmers, Liberal Democrat candidate for Torridge and West Devon said:

“Young people across Torridge and West Devon deserve world-class schools and colleges. Improving our schools by investing more in education is the best way to improve the life chances of the children in our area and will be one of my main priorities should I get elected as your MP.

“The National Education Union analysis shows that average class sizes in both Primary and Secondary schools have increased in Torridge and West Devon since 2010. This is unacceptable.

The Conservatives have cut school budgets to the bone. Across the country, hundreds of schools rely on handouts from local parents or cut staff numbers to make ends meet. Some schools are even shortening the school day because they can’t afford to keep children at school for a five-day week.

“As the next MP for Torridge and West Devon, I will fight to reverse school cuts so that our children can get the resources they need to learn. The Liberal Democrats will aim to give every child the best start in life. We will reverse Conservative cuts by providing an extra £10 billion a year for schools and recruit 20,000 more teachers so that we can keep class sizes down”

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