At the weekend Labour Party members from Bristol South were out on North Street, as part of the National Campaign Action Day for fairer education.
We went out with the education petition, and to talk to people about why we believe the Conservatives are wrong to push for an increase in selection and grammar schools, which Teresa May has recently championed. You can sign the online petition here at http://www.labour.org.uk/content/grammar-schools-petition
Past experience and research shows that areas with grammar schools, result in better education for children from the richest 5% of families, and leave the poorest 50% worse off. A selective system delivers the opposite of social mobility. What we need is a quality education system for all, not a system that divides children at age 11.
Around 30 of us were out campaigning, and the atmosphere was great. We've had so many new members join the Labour Party in our area recently, and we are an active bunch! It was great to see members from Knowle, Southville, Bedminster, and Windmill Hill, as well as our MP Karin Smyth, and local councillors out in force. We even had an enthusiastic member from Bath travel to join us.
We got around 200 signatures for the petition and had some really interesting chats with local people - before the rain really set in. And it was great to hear cars beeping at our big 'education not segregation' banner. Thanks to everyone who honked their horn in support.
You can still sign the national petition: http://www.labour.org.uk/content/grammar-schools-petition
And please share it on social media using the hashtag #EducationNotSegregation