Labour sets out plans for education

Education was a prominent theme at last week’s Labour Party Conference in Liverpool. Shadow Education Secretary, Angela Rayner, set out policies for the National Education Service, pledging to bring schools under a new regulatory framework with “community control at its heart and national rules applying to all schools with parents and communities given a meaningful say in decision making”.

The party’s priorities for education include:

  • ending the forced academisation of schools
  • compelling academies to expand in areas of demand
  • allowing councils to take back failing academies
  • establishing councils as the admissions authorities for all schools
  • banning all related-party transactions
  • setting out national pay rules and a cap on CEO salaries
  • ending the free school programme and creating a new wave of co-operative schools for parents or communities wishing to launch or lead a school

The party also promised to create a new public service “offering free early education for all two to four year olds and reinventing state nurseries”, while announcing plans for a state-funded teacher supply service.

The Conservative Party Conference is this week taking place in Birmingham and we await key announcements on education policy.