'This is nothing for Rishi Sunak to boast about'

The government’s track record on school buildings is just one example of why we cannot trust Rishi Sunak with our education system, says Daniel Kebede
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You may have seen a recent speech from Rishi Sunak. It was an election speech in all but name, delivered at the headquarters of the Policy Exchange think-tank in London.

Following his humiliation at the local elections, the prime minister desperately wants to move the political conversation onto the future and the "transformational" years ahead. In education terms, this amounts to very little. His speech referred to how "building on the success of the last 14 years, we will create a truly world-class education system".

I ask you: do the last 14 years feel like a success? As our School Cuts website documents, 70% of schools in England have less funding in real terms than in 2010, leading us to have some of the largest class sizes in Europe and a recruitment and retention crisis that sees a third of teachers leave within five years of qualifying.

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