Election 2015: Education policies of all parties so far

Political parties have yet to reveal their manifestos but they have been making pledges in speeches and newspaper articles.

David Foster at the Commons Library has compiled promises made so far (see below for document).

 

conservatives

School funding – ‘flat cash’ per pupils

New tests for primary school pupils

Converting schools that ‘require improvement’ into academies

Expansion of the free schools programme

Establishing a ‘National Teaching Service’

Wider remit for regional schools commissioners

 

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Increasing education spending in line with inflation

Introducing directors of school standards

Ending the free schools programme

All teachers to have qualified teacher status

Introducing a new Technical Baccalaureate

Capping class sizes

Give headteachers greater powers (currently given to academy heads)

Allow schools to leave academy chains

 

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Protecting the education budget in real terms

Extending free school meals

All teachers work towards qualified teacher status

Introduce a minimum curriculum entitlement

Establish an Educational Standards Authority

Create a National Leadership Institute for head teachers

Allow Ofsted to inspect academy chains

 

UKIP

Increase the number of grammar schools

Introduce an Apprenticeship Qualification option

Ofsted inspections when 25% of parents sign a petition

Move to one exam board

A ‘more traditional’ primary education

Scrap sex and relationship education for children aged under 11

 

Green Party

Integrating academies and grammar schools into the Local Authority School System

All teachers to have qualified teacher status

Raise the compulsory school age to 7

Replace the National Curriculum with a set of ‘learning entitlements’

Replacing Ofsted with an independent National Council of Educational Excellence

Work towards a maximum class size of 20

Free school meals for all that include local and organic non-GM foods