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Parties set out education plans

19 August 2014

The General Election may not be until May 2015 but the main political parties are already setting out their stalls on the future of education if they win power… and throwing plenty of muck at the opposition's plans which they no doubt hope will stick in the public’s consciousness over the next nine months.

Yesterday was Labour’s turn, with shadow education secretary, Tristram Hunt, outlining his party’s blueprint for education including Ofsted inspections for academy chains, greater emphasis on CPD for teachers and promoting ‘parent-led academies’ for new schools. In return, he warned that the Conservatives would “attempt to apply the totalising simplicity of their privatisation logic” by modelling the system more closely on Sweden, which includes free schools run by for-profit companies.

Whilst the political parties exchange insults and rhetoric over the next few months, those working in the sector have an uncertain time ahead as we wait to see whose vision of education will be implemented next spring.

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