Better Local Schools

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We believe that every child should have the right to exemplary education, regardless of background.

Liberal Democrats will work to improve local primary, secondary schools and colleges - and oppose Conservative Government cuts.

We will work with our primary schools to set up mutually supportive federations in order to enable schools to help save money and reduce costs.

We will prioritise the David Lloyd site for the Turing School relocation in response to local concerns over the school’s catchment area

We will be responsive to concerns over school catchments when school sites are considered for development

We will further resource Special Education Needs and Disability High Needs provision and empower parents to get the right support for their children

We will support the retention of children’s centres across the borough and help support them to be at the heart of the communities they serve

We will support the existing 6th forms and  work with all existing institutions who provide post-16 education to ensure a broad choice of academic subjects and vocational qualifications to local students in a plurality of settings - school and college sixth forms and tertiary and FE colleges.

We will review and implement changes to school school building contracts following the school rebuild shambles in Petersham and Teddington.

We will review all use of schools as polling stations in order to minimise school closures

We will support the pioneering approaches of the Achieving for Children’s Emotional Health Team in meeting the emotional and mental health needs of young people at school

We will make sure SENCOs are trained and supported so that parents get the right support for their children - we will also speed up assessment services.

We will promote sport in schools and schools sharing sports facilities with the community.

We will pursue a commitment to evidence-based early intervention for school aged and pre-school children, and effective prevention and health promotion initiatives.

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