Over the next few weeks we shall be examining some of the proposed education policies made by UK political parties in the lead up to the General Election on the 6th May.
Having looked at the Conservative party, we now turn examine the proposals of the main challenger: the Labour party. Labour policies in this area have been a long-timing coming, although often critical of the government’s rhetoric towards teachers and the profession, they have not offered many changes that they would make in government. Their manifesto seems to largely accept the current government’s reforms, whilst also revealing some sunlight between the parties.
The entire education budget will be protected under a Labour government, a promise which the other parties have not made as definitively. Their focus is on increasing the number of students studying vocational subjects and as part of this they plan to introduce a technical baccalaureate. The party promises to end the free school programme but are accepting of the huge expansion of academies. However they wish to change the method of control: instead of from Whitehall, the Labour party would create local Directors of School Standards, believing these to be more accountable and able to make better decisions as they are closer to the schools. They promise to limit class sizes to no more than 30 pupils for 5, 6 and 7 years old and all students will have to study English and Maths until they are 18 years old. They also promise to offer greater support to the teaching profession and introduce a new Masters level qualification to recognise ‘experts in their subjects’.
Acceptance of some changes, alongside their own list of reforms and the promise of a friendly face – Labour’s education policies. To read the entire manifesto click here. To discuss any of the above, click here.