The 39 Steps

Always good to start off a new parliament with a checklist.

Here are the 39 38 things related to education that you will find in the Conservative Manifesto. They have promised to enact the entire manifesto, so probably best to get familiar with those that affect you.

Here we go….

  1. We will expect every 11-year-old to know their times tables off by heart.
  2. We will expect every 11-year-old to be able to perform long division and complex multiplication
  3. They should be able to read a book and write a short story with accurate punctuation, spelling and grammar
  4. If children do not reach the required standards in their exams at the end of primary school, they will resit them at the start of secondary school, to make sure no pupil is left behind
  5. We will require secondary school pupils to take GCSEs in English, maths, science, a language and history or geography.
  6. Ofsted will be unable to award its highest ratings to schools that refuse to teach these core subjects
  7. We will invest at least £7 billion over the next Parliament to provide good school places.
  8. And we will let our best headteachers take control of failing primary schools, by expanding the National Leaders of Education programme.
  9. We will turn every failing and coasting secondary school into an academy, and deliver free schools if parents in your area want them
  10. We will continue to expand academies, free schools, studio schools and University Technical Colleges.
  11. Over the next Parliament, we will open at least 500 new free schools.
  12. We will introduce new powers to force coasting schools to accept new leadership. Any school judged by Ofsted to be requiring improvement will be taken over by the best headteachers – backed by expert sponsors or high-performing neighbouring schools – unless it can demonstrate that it has a plan to improve rapidly.
  13. We will continue to allow all good schools to expand, whether they are maintained schools, academies, free schools or grammar schools.
  14. As the number of pupils increases, so will the amount of money in our schools.
  15. On current pupil number forecasts, there will be a real-terms increase in the schools budget in the next Parliament.
  16. We will continue to provide the pupil premium, protected at current rates, so that schools receive additional money for those from the poorest backgrounds.
  17. We will support families by providing free meals to all infants.
  18. And we will make schools funding fairer. We have already increased funding for the 69 least well-funded local authorities in the country, and will make this the baseline for their funding in the next Parliament.
  19. We will not allow state schools to make a profit.
  20. We will expect every teacher to be trained not just in how to tackle serious behaviour issues, but also in how to deal with the low level disruption that stops children from learning properly.
  21. We will recruit and keep the best teachers by reducing the time they spend on paperwork
  22. We will introduce bursaries for the most in-demand subjects.
  23. We will pay good teachers more.
  24. We will further reduce the burden of Ofsted inspections.
  25. We will continue to encourage the growth of Teach First.
  26. We will increase the number of teachers able to teach Mandarin in schools in England.
  27. We will support the creation of an independent College of Teaching to promote the highest standards of teaching and school leadership.
  28. We will train an extra 17,500 maths and physics teachers over the next five years.
  29. We will make sure that all students are pushed to achieve their potential and create more opportunities to stretch the most able.
  30. We will introduce regional adoption agencies, working across local authority boundaries to match children with the best parents for them.
  31. We will continue to raise the quality of children’s social work, by expanding training programmes, such as Frontline, and creating new opportunities to develop the next generation of leaders in the field.
  32. We will continue to tackle all forms of bullying in our schools.
  33. And we will stop children’s exposure to harmful sexualised content online, by requiring age verification for access to all sites containing pornographic material and age-rating for all music videos.
  34. We will continue to replace lower-level, classroom-based Further Education courses with high- quality apprenticeships that combine training with experience of work and a wage.
  35. We will ensure there is a University Technical College within reach of every city.
  36. We will abolish employers’ National Insurance contributions on earnings up to the upper earnings limit for apprentices under the age of 25.
  37. We will roll out many more Degree Apprenticeships, allowing young people to combine a world-class degree with a world-class apprenticeship.
  38. We will continue to improve Further Education through our network of National Colleges, which will provide specialist higher-level vocational training in sectors critical to economic growth.
  39. We will publish more earnings and destination data for Further Education courses, and require more accreditation of courses by employers.

I’ll leave it up to you to decide which of these government actually has any power to achieve and which amount to mere whistling in the wind.



Updated 19/10/16 to remove item 4.


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