Liz Truss, the UK’s first female foreign secretary, has come under fire for comments she made about her Leeds school, Roundhay School, which she attended in the 1990s.


During a speech launching her economic plan, Truss reported that she saw “children who failed and were let down by low expectations” while she was at the school.


Roundhay School was rated as “satisfactory” by Ofsted in 2016 – the same rating it had received when Truss was a pupil there received when Truss was a pupil.


Critics have accused Truss of attempting to score political points by criticising the quality of education when schools face significant budget cuts.


Local MP Andrea Jenkyns said that Truss’s comments were “insulting” to the teachers and pupils at Roundhay School.


Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, said that Truss was “out of touch” with the reality of life in Leeds.


Truss has defended her comments, saying she merely highlighted the need for reform in the education system.

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Liz Truss’s economic plan includes a proposal to introduce performance-related pay for teachers, which she claims will help raise school standards. However, no evidence suggests that performance-related income affects educational outcomes. It is likely to result in teachers being even more overworked and stressed than they already are.


The government’s education policies are failing our children, and it is time for Liz Truss and her colleagues to wake up and recognise this. Our children deserve better than to be used as political pawns in a game of party politics.


In addition, she claims that her plan will provide “better value for money” for taxpayers.


Fabian Hamilton, the MP for Leeds North East, has called Truss’s comments “shameful”.


Roundhay School has been an excellent educational institution for decades, and its staff and students are real assets to our community.


Liz Truss’s comments insult the hardworking teachers and pupils at the school who strive to provide a good education for all.


It is clear that Liz Truss is out of touch with the reality of life in Leeds and her comments are symptomatic of this because, through recent events, Truss claims to have grown in a “red wall” seat, which is laughable to those of us who know the area in which she grew up. Also, her comments about there being too much time spent on learning about racism and sexism instead of reading or writing were too much time spent learning about racism and sexism instead of reading or writing were criticised. Liz Truss is more concerned with making headlines than providing a decent education for our children.


Through her conservative ways, it is clear that Liz Truss’s economic plans will do nothing to improve the quality of education in Leeds or anywhere else in the country. Our children deserve better than this.


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