Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson says Sefton's excellent s

Bill Esterson


Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson said Sefton has some excellent primary and secondary school despite them being under constant attack by a Tory-Lib Dem Government 'hell-bent on making ideological changes without looking at the evidence at what is best pupils".

Bill, who serves on the House of Commons Education Select Committee, said the borough's schools, which had been scored 'outstanding' by Ofsted, were now being undermined by the Tories and Lib Dems.

The MP, whose two children attend schools in Sefton, said he was more than pleased by the standard of education in the borough.

Bill said: "I am always impressed by the quality and standards set at schools across my constituency. 

"It is clear to me from visiting schools in Formby, Crosby, Maghull, Aintree and Melling that we have many excellent schools where the teachers do a very good job despite being under constant attack from a Tory-Lib Dem government that has undermined our schools with the speed of its reforms without looking at the evidence of what is right for children. 

"As a parent, I am very pleased with the schools which my children attend and I know that Sefton is well served both at primary and at secondary level. 

"Recent changes in the way the government measures schools and the way that Ofsted grades schools during inspections have increased the pressure and have made life very difficult for schools that until recently were graded good or outstanding. 

"An outstanding school does not become inadequate overnight yet according to Ofsted this has happened to a number of schools up and down the country and I do not believe that children are being helped by a regime which is designed to catch schools doing something wrong."

Bill said inspections should be carried out with the aim of helping schools improve, but the Tory-Lib Dem Government is using Ofsted to attack schools and their staff.

Bill said: "The measurement of schools and the inspection of schools should be done as a way of helping schools to do a good job and to continue to improve. Under this government I fear that has not happened and what we have is a climate of fear where teachers and head teacher are terrified that they are going to be publicly judged to be under performing with dire consequences for their job prospects. 

"We should be supporting our schools, our teachers and our children not criticising them all the time and I hope that a future Labour government will recognise that we need to encourage the best people to become teachers and to stay within the profession so that our children have the best opportunities they possibly can at school. 

"But you don’t encourage people to become teachers or existing teachers to stay in the profession by attacking them as the Tories and Lib Dems have done since forming the government in 2010. 

"I have every faith in the teachers and in the schools in Sefton who work hard to deliver the best education they can."


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