The Labour Party has issued its pre-election manifesto, Britain Can Be Better.
The policies in the area of education which it outlines include:
- protecting the entire education budget, including the early years, schools and post-16 education, so that it rises in line with inflation
- raising the standard and status of vocational and technical education, with a high quality vocational route from school through to employment – the Technical Baccalaureate
- transforming high-performing Further Education colleges, with strong links to industry, into new specialist Institutes of Technical Education, with a remit to deliver the Technical Baccalaureate and higher-level skills
- introducing a new independent system of careers advice, offering personalised face-to-face guidance on routes into university and apprenticeships requiring all teachers to gain qualified teacher status and creating new career routes for teachers who are expert in their subject. These teachers would be able to attain a new ‘Master Teacher’ status
- establishing a School Leadership Institute to support headteachers and improve school leadership
- appointing Directors of School Standards at a local level to monitor performance, intervene in underperforming schools and support them to improve
- ending the free schools programme
- capping class sizes for five- to seven-year-olds at 30 pupils or under.
Source: The Labour Party. The Labour Party Manifesto 2015
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