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Grammar School proposals welcomed

Dear Editor,

Full marks for Theresa May in championing new grammar schools.

The re-introduction of such schools has been a policy that I and UKIP have been backing for many years and I am delighted that our new Prime Minister takes the same view.

Her proposals are very much a step in the right direction and I hope that they come to fruition as soon as possible.blackboardsch

It is sad that there are those, who for their own mixed reasons, want to slam shut this gateway to social mobility which has been declining for decades.

Grammar schools give children from all backgrounds the chance to get the very best education and every parent wants that for their child. And it seems that Theresa May has the determination to make that a reality for which future generations will be immensely grateful. 

Ex-education secretary Nicky Morgan, who talks of the proposals undermining ‘progressive education reform’, should think on why if that is so marvellous the UK is lagging behind in international league tables for education.

It is vital that our youngsters get the best possible start in life and grammar schools are the way forward.

Yours sincerely

Paul Nuttall MEP

School places shortage

SCHOOL PLACES SHORTAGE FUELLED BY EU OPEN BORDERS

The increasing shortage of school places will continue relentlessly while the UK remains in the European Union, said UKIP education spokesman Paul Nuttall.

Commenting on the day that parents receive news of school place allocations Mr Nuttall said that education, housing and health services are all suffering because of our open borders.

Councils say they will need 336,000 more school places by 2024.

“Parents usually want their children to go to the nearest school and they also obviously want them to go to a good school but demand is exceeding supply.

“Sadly analysis by the teacher training group, Teach First, shows that poorer families’ children are four times more likely than wealthy ones to be at weaker schools. blackboardsch

“It is ironic that the children who most need help to ensure they get a good education are those least likely to do so,” said Mr Nuttall, North West MEP.

“Teach First suggests recruiting more highly qualified teachers in deprived areas but that is easier said than done. Perhaps financial incentives are needed to make that happen.

“Meanwhile our children are caught in the crossfire of politics and unless we vote to leave the EU on June 23 the shortage of places will only get worse,” he said.

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Indoctrination of Children

PRESS RELEASE 

EU PROPOSED INDOCTRINATION OF CHILDREN ‘OUTRAGEOUS’

Moves to ‘overcome Eurosceptism’ by teaching children a “positive” view of  Europe are “outrageous”, said local MEP Paul Nuttall.

“The EU can’t win over the public with the reality of their domineering project so want to indoctrinate innocent children. That is just so wrong but sadly is no surprise,” said Mr Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader.

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A report is due to be voted on today (Tue) in the European Parliament and Mr Nuttall said that it was expected to be approved.

“Some Europhiles in the UK believe that by being ‘at the table’ in the European Union we actually have some sway over decisions. 

“The truth is anything but. British MEPs have never made a meaningful impact on any parliamentary vote, which is actually just rubber stamping the European Commission’s decisions.

“The report blames the unpopularity of the EU in many countries on the idea that citizens have ‘insufficient knowledge about the EU mechanisms’.   Continue reading Indoctrination of Children

Councils must name failing schools

Councils should not be allowed to refuse to identify failing schools, says UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall. His declaration comes after Croydon Council turned down a Freedom of Information request from the Croydon Advertiser newspaper asking for the schools’ names. The schools – said to require “rapid improvement” – claimed they should not be identified because doing so would affect admissions and, as a result, damage them financially.

Mr Nuttall, MEP for the North West and UKIP Education Spokesman, said: “It’s always a worry when a publicly-funded body like a council rates secrecy over transparency. Choosing which school your child will attend is one of the most important decisions a parent will ever have to make. It is literally planning for your child’s future.

“To discover that schools that aren’t doing well enough and are in need of improvement would obviously and quite fairly have an effect on those parents’ choices.

“I cannot fathom why councils would be happy to publish the hygiene ratings of takeaways and restaurants while at the same time deliberately cover up the names of schools that are failing children.

“Openness and transparency should always be the starting point for any public body, not least because the people paying all of those wages are the taxpayers.”

Trendy Teachers oppose British values

Children should not be used as political pawns by left wing teachers intent on indoctrination

Published Mar 29, 2016

Children should not be used as political pawns by left wing teachers intent on indoctrination, says UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall MEP.

His comments come in the wake of the NUT annual conference which on Sunday passed a motion to campaign to scrap the promotion of ‘fundamental British values’.

Paul Nuttall MEP, UKIP’s Deputy Leader, said, “Last time I checked this is still Britain and what else should be promoted but British values? They inherently include tolerance of other faiths and lifestyles, that is a fundamental value of our traditional society.

“To say the term is ‘demeaning’ as the NUT do, demonstrates the left wing bias of that union and their selfish drive to use pupils as political pawns.

“These are young impressionable minds they are playing with who should be taught what being British means above ideological views about international human rights.

“We are an island race and migrants have always settled here and been happily assimilated into our communities. And we have a fine record on taking in refugees from all over the world facing persecution and death.

“But the situation is now out of control and we cannot and must not allow uncontrolled immigration and nor should our youngsters be taught that putting the people living in this country first makes us racist. It does not.

“Campaigning to welcome even more migrants into this country when our schools, hospitals, housing and general infrastructure is already failing to cope is irresponsible and risking creating a divided society with future generations the losers.”

Zealots infiltrating Universities

ANGER OVER UNIVERSITY STUDENTS TARGETED BY ISLAMIC ZEALOTS

UKIP education spokesman Paul Nuttall has reacted with fury today at disclosures that university students are being targeted by Islamic zealots.

A Daily Mail investigation has revealed that CAGE, the organisation that backed Jihadi John, was involved in at least 13 events last term at campuses across the country and being given unchallenged platforms.

“It is outrageous that these events at our universities are being used to encourage young Muslim students to sabotage the government’s anti-extremism policy,” said Mr Nuttall, MEP, who is also deputy UKIP leader.

“I am absolutely furious that Moazzam Begg, the organisation’s outreach director, has been giving inflammatory lectures including claiming Muslims are being treated in a similar way to the Jews under the Nazis. 

Paul Nuttall MEP
Paul Nuttall MEP

“This indoctrination is being allowed to go on at our universities where our students should be learning to think rationally and critically and not be subjected to twisted chilling dogma.

“It is ironic that at the same time objections are raised to people such as feminist Germaine Greer speaking to students.

“Events backed extreme Islamist groups filled with anti-Western rhetoric must be banned. The future of our country lies in the hands of our young people and we cannot stand back and allow their minds to be corrupted by evil,” said Mr Nuttall.

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School takeover concerns

PRESS RELEASE

MEP CONCERN OVER BLACKPOOL SCHOOL TAKEOVER

Blackpool MEP Paul Nuttall has written to the regional schools’ commissioner demanding justification for a local secondary school being taken over by an Islamic group.

Highfield Humanities College in Blackpool has been in special measures since last year and the Tauheedul Education Trust (TET), which sponsors Islamic-faith schools, is set to take it over.

The move has angered parents at the school and a petition has already attracted more than 1000 signatures in opposition.

“Fewer than 2% of the pupils at this school, Highfield Humanities College, are Muslim so how can it be right that an Islamic organisation should be in charge?” asked Mr Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader.

“I appreciate desperate times can sometimes need desperate measures but there is desperate and then there is inappropriate and wrong and this smacks of the latter,” said Mr Nuttall.

“Apparently parents have not been consulted on the plan when their views about their child’s education should be paramount.

CLASSThis trust, which oversees ten Muslim schools, has already run into controversy when it required all pupils at a Blackburn high school to wear an Islamic headdress and was forced to scrap that rule.

“Any educational decision needs to be dealt with carefully and sensitively and with the backing of the parents.  I am concerned this is not the case here and a “any port in the storm’ approach being taken.

“I can’t imagine for a moment that a failing school populated by a majority of Muslims would be casually turned over to a Christian or non-faith group.

“I have today written to the regional schools’s commission about this matter as it is a matter of great importance to my constituents and has wider implications,” he added.

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Notes to editor – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3358117/Parents-anger-school-taken-Islamic-group-despite-having-2-pupils-Muslim.html

Grammar school decision response

Sevenoaks Grammar School: Government given a ‘B- ‘at best

The government’s decision to allow a grammar school annexe to be built – in reality a new grammar school – is typical of their weasel-worded ways, said UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall.

The comments came following the announcement that an existing Grammar school in Kent can build a new ‘annexe’ 10 miles away. The first one to open for 50 years.

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Mr Nuttall, the party’s education spokesman said: “Instead of having the courage to tear up the 1998 laws passed by Labour banning new grammar schools the Tories are allowing one by the back door.

“UKIP is 100% in favour of selective education and would introduce a grammar school in every town and city. That is our policy and we are proud of it.

“The British public want Grammar Schools to come back, and this will be proven by the fact that when it opens there will not be a single empty chair in the school.

“Such schools provide true social mobility and allow everyone regardless of background to get a first class education.

“The Tories, however, are too weak to implement a new policy despite the public demand, and Labour with its authoritarian outlook simply won’t believe that the public can disagree with one of their policies and be right.

“This is what we have come to expect from this government, a failure to truly represent the wishes of the majority of people in the country, and the belief that they know best what’s good for us.” said Mr Nuttall.

The new grammar school “annexe” with 450 places is to be opened in Sevenoaks, Kent following a long campaign by supporters.