Who is Rebecca Long-Bailey? 8 facts about the new shadow education secretary

Long-Bailey doesn’t like academies. In a Q&A with Schools Week during the campaign, she said there was “no evidence that academies are better for children”, and said she believes local authorities should be “responsible for delivering education to their local communities”. Her position is similar to Starmer’s. He has said that “all schools should be under local democratic control”.

She is against academic selection. During the campaign, Long-Bailey said Labour “must stand for a truly comprehensive, inclusive education system that doesn’t close children’s aspirations down before they even leave school and which supports the development of all children equally”.


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