A primary school has been accused of teaching pro-Labour propaganda after allegedly telling students the party is the only one that “wants us to live”.
It is also accused of teaching eight-year-olds to sing Nick Clegg’s “sorry song“, a mashup of his apology for raising university tuition fees, and of giving 10-year-olds homework based on Labour campaign pledges.
At a local council meeting it was even accused of sending students home to their parents with Labour campaign literature.
Although the school has not been named, The Mirror reports that it is likely to be Bewdley Primary School in Worcestershire.
Lib Dem Worcestershire county councillor Fran Oborski made the claims at a public meeting last week.
She said: “School pupils, especially those in the primary phase, are extremely trusting of members of the teaching profession and really do believe everything their teacher tells them.
“This puts a very great responsibility upon teachers, especially at election time, to maintain professional standards and not seek to impose their personal political beliefs upon vulnerable, trusting young children.
“During the recent election campaign my ten-year-old god daughter’s homework consisted of Labour Party campaign literature on which she was asked to comment as to why her family ‘should vote Labour’.
“Her eight-year old brother came home from the same school and told his parents that ‘you must vote Labour, they are the only party that wants us to live’.
“The same child was also taught the anti-Nick Clegg ‘I’m sorry’ song by his teacher.”
However, John Campion, cabinet member for children and families, defended the school, saying the council had “no problems with the principle behind it”.
“They were doing compelling writing, trying to get somebody to ‘do something’ for you, and one part of that was using political literature,” he said.
“It was an isolated case, the important thing is that common sense has to prevail, we’re pretty confident this was the case here.
“We’ve no problem with the principle behind it, you (the media) use words to get messages across.”