As part of our informative service leading upto the UK 2015 General Election, we are noting what the different main parties say about Education in their Manifestoes, with the publication of The Green Party noted here. For non-UK readers, the education promises here only apply to schools, colleges and universities within England, as Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland each have their own parliaments which look after their education provision. The full Green Party Manifesto is available by clicking here, but this is what they say in their section about Education…
Imagine free univeral early education and childcare, with compulsory education starting at 7. Smaller classes and free nutritious lunches. More opportunity for outdoor education. More trust in teachers. Less teaching to the test and the abolition of SATS and league tables. Accountability at local level.
Apprenticeships for 16-25 year olds who want them. The restoration of the Education Maintenance Allowance for 16-17 years old and the abolition of the university tuition fees. Imagine schools and college fit for children and young adults. Education is good for each of us, but it is also good for all of us – it’s a common good. That’s why the Green Part will make education free for everyone up to and including university or equivalent.
We have world class universities, brilliant teachers and talented students.
But by putting a price tag on education, running schools as businesses and making them exam factories we are wasting children’s potential and stifling creativity.
We can free education from these shackles if we are bold and ambitious.