The Welsh Liberal Democrats are the only party that will protect education spending, Kirsty Williams has announced today. Kirsty Williams has challenged other parties to match the Welsh Liberal Democrats’ pledge.
Speaking ahead of a visit to Adamsdown Primary School, Kirsty Williams said that the Welsh Liberal Democrats’ priorities going into the election would be to cut class sizes, increase funding for the Welsh Pupil Premium, and protect the education budget.
The Welsh Liberal Democrats have said they would establish an Infant Class Size Reduction Grant, with funding prioritised towards the largest classes. The party has also pledged to increase the Early Years Pupil Premium to reach £1000 per child on free school meals.
Commenting, Kirsty Williams, said:
“We are the only party that has said we will protect education spending. If you value the importance of education, then we are the party for you.
“We have listened to parents’ concerns, which is why we will cut class sizes so that teachers have the time to teach every child to the best of their ability.
“The last five years have shown that we are the party of education: we’re the only party to prioritise education in budget negotiations, which has delivered over £282m for our schools through our Pupil Premium.
“We recognise that education is vitally important to ensure everyone has a fair start in life, and so that we have a well skilled economy. That is why we will ring-fence spending on education: both for schools and higher education.
“It’s now time for other parties to step up to the plate and say that they too would protect education spending."