Dr. Brendan D’Cruz (who recently stood as a Prospective Parliamentary Candidate in Islwyn) says that he is proud that the Welsh Lib Dems continue to put education at the heart of the agenda.
As a part-time Academic/Consultant and also the ‘stay at home' parent, Brendan fully understands the challenges of working and trying to provide the best opportunities for our children. The Welsh Lib Dems believe every child deserves a great start in life, and are determined to make sure our education system nurtures the best in everyone. This is essential to break down the unfair divisions in our society, and to ensure a productive, competitive economy.
When in government the Welsh Liberal Democrats fought to secure £282m for the poorest pupils in Wales to help close the attainment gap between them and their peers. Our policies continue to focus on:
Early Years and Childcare - Ensure that pressure is put on the Welsh Government and local councils to provide high quality and accessible childcare, so that affordable childcare is available to everyone in Wales.
A Liberal Plan for Wales
Pupil Premium - Continue to expand the premium funding until we reach our target of £2,500. In addition we will ensure schools are provided with comprehensive guidance on how best to use the funding and they are accountable for their spending.
Overhaul Teaching Quality - We will set up a new scheme to deliver cutting-edge training for teachers on a national basis and make completing initial teacher training contingent on a year teaching in schools. We will establish a Welsh Academy of Education Leadership to provide high quality continuous professional development.
Discount Bus Pass - We have secured £14.75 million in funding for a Youth Concessionary Fare scheme in Wales, meaning a discount on fares for Welsh 16-18 year olds from September 2015, helping young people get to school and assisting all bus users by helping to maintain the viability of existing routes and making it easier to open new ones. We will work to extend the scheme to more young people as resources allow, for example to all full-time students.
Targeted Support and Teaching - Support the development of an individual pupil monitoring programme to measure pupils’ progress, allowing schools to target efforts at those pupils who are not meeting their potential, as recommended by the Donaldson Review.
Show your support
You can support Brendan and your local party by making a donation to help fund our campaigns.