Election 2015 – Education Policies

With the general election on the horizon, we take a look at the Education Policy Guides for each party.

Conservative

Main pledges

  • Protect school funding per pupil
  • Create at least a further 500 free schools in England by 2020
  • Zero tolerance for failure – immediate support to turn around failing or coasting schools
  • 30 hours free childcare for working parents of 3&4-year-olds

Lib Dems

Main pledges

  • Guarantee qualified teachers, a core curriculum and sex education in all state schools
  • Ringfence the education budget for 2-19 year olds
  • A strategy to end child illiteracy by 2025
  • 15hrs a week free childcare from the end of paid parental leave

Green

Main pledges

  • Scrap university tuition fees
  • Bring academies and free schools into the local authority system
  • Ensure all teachers are qualified and end performance-related pay
  • Scrap Ofsted and SATS

DUP

Key campaign points

  • Policy position not available at time of publication

Sinn Fein

Key campaign points

  • Sinn Féin believes in importance of education; the Stormont House Agreement delivered an additional £500m for shared education
  • Continue to promote Irish Medium Education to support the rights of the Irish language community

SDLP

Key campaign points

  • Every child and young person is entitled to a high quality and well-rounded education
  • Recent budgets have failed young people by increasing the financial strain on places of education
  • The SDLP is focused on creating better provision for nursery and primary school children and committed to parental choice
  • SDLP believes in expansion of higher education, including expansion at Ulster University’s Magee campus

 

Labour

Main pledges

  • Protect education budget for 0-19 year olds so it rises in line with inflation
  • Cut university tuition fees to £6,000 a year
  • Ensure all primary schools guarantee access to childcare from 8am to 6pm
  • Cap class sizes at 30 for 5, 6 and 7 year-olds

UKIP

Main pledges

  • Scrap sex education for primary school children
  • Allow secondary schools to become grammar schools
  • Scrap fees for students taking degrees in science, technology, maths or engineering on condition they pay UK tax and work in the discipline for five years upon completing studying
  • Abolish Key Stage 1 SAT tests at primary school level

Respect

Main pledges

  • Abolish tuition fees for university students
  • Raise grants for poorer students to enable them to go to university
  • End conversion of schools into academies
  • Free school meals for all schoolchildren

SNP

Key campaign points

  • Increase free nursery hours from 16 to 30 per week
  • Continue no tuition fees for Scots students
  • Continue to build and refurbish schools and make progress on smaller class sizes, starting with early years
  • New school heads to have masters qualification

Plaid Cymru

Key campaign points

  • Additional year of education and childcare for 3-4 year olds
  • Improve teacher training and cut red tape to give them more time to teach
  • More support for university students of STEM subjects who remain in Wales to study

 

Alliance

Key campaign points

  • Work for the introduction of a shared and integrated education bill
  • Additional funding for children on free school meals
  • Early intervention and prevention strategy to cut numbers not in education, employment or training
  • Introduce age-appropriate sex and relationship education in schools

 

If you’re undecided of which way to vote you can look at more policy guides by clicking on the link : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election/2015/manifesto-guide or you can take a survey to see which of the party’s policies are important to you on the Vote for Policies website.

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