I'm concerned that the Government’s academisation plans will have a detrimental effect on our education system and I was all too happy to speak in the Opposition Day Debate secured by my Labour colleagues in the Shadow Education team:

‘’Schools in Salford are under immense strain: there are chronic shortages of teachers; class sizes are rising; and the extra-curricular services, such as mentoring, which can often mean the difference between a child from a disadvantaged background succeeding or failing, are being scaled back. With all the Chancellor’s rhetoric about the northern powerhouse, now is the time to raise standards and to skill our region for the future, not to take money and effort away from education by undertaking an extremely costly and unnecessary programme to convert all schools into academies.’’

Full text of my speech is available here: