Labour has always been committed to education. From the very first, Labour thinkers have articulated the importance of education for changing British society and improving the life chances of all children.
The great Labour thinker R.H. Tawney wrote before the Second World War that “the endowment of our children is the most precious of the natural resources of this community”. Labour Prime Minister Jim Callaghan quoted that phrase in his famous Ruskin speech of 1976 when he committed Labour to improving education outcomes. Tony Blair famously promised that his three priorities for government were “education, education, education”. Labour’s belief in the power of education and our determination to improve its quality is as important a part of the party’s history as our commitment to the National Health Service.
As we approach the 2015 election, education has never been more important or more contested. Labour Teachers was founded to help teachers and policy-makers in the Labour Party exchange ideas and share experiences in order to come together to build a popular, persuasive and progressive education policy for Labour. If you’re interested in being part of that dialogue, join us in helping build a better education for all.