Prime Minister Theresa May last week announced that there will be a general election on June 8th. Despite previously claiming that a snap election would not be considered.
Many are speculating that the general election will once again be dominated by BREXIT. However opposition parties are keen to use the build up to this general election to remind residents of the UK about other important issues. Namely the NHS and Education.
PM Theresa May made the decision, announcing the reasons behind the decision to hold another election by stating,
“Britain is leaving the European Union and there is no turning back… at this moment of enormous national significance there should be unity here in Westminster but instead there is division. The country is coming together but Westminster is not.”
During the Prime Minister’s Question Time in Parliament, Theresa May was reminded of other issues besides BREXIT that will be important factors during this election campaign.
Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn said:
“Schools funding being cut for the first time in a generation. The prime minster is cutting £3 billion a year from school budgets by 2020.”
The Prime Minister Theresa May responded with:
“There are record levels of funding going into our schools”
She also added that Labour was offering a:
“One size fits all, local authority-run schools, no choice, good or bad, trust your luck. We don’t trust to luck, and we won’t trust the Labour Party. We will provide a good school place for every child.”
Taking a closer look at education policies. Labour focus on the protection of the education budget, restoration of Sure Start, smaller class sizes, tackling failing schools, ensuring teacher are qualified. Labour also promises to work on building a gold-standard vocational route through education. Also guaranteeing all young people are given face-to-face career advice.
Labour’s pledge #5 also states:
“We will build a new National Education Service, open to all throughout their lives. We will ensure there is universal childcare to give all children a good start in life. Allowing greater sharing of caring responsibilities and removing barriers to women participating in the labour market.
We will bring about the progressive restoration of free education for all; and guarantee quality apprenticeships and adult skills training.”
The Conservative party state on their website that they will focus on the protection of the education budget, raising the standards of schools and restoring discipline. As well as attracting top graduates to teaching and investing £18 billion into new schools.
Whereas, the Liberal Democrats pledge that they will provide a properly funded education system, “Pupil Premium” (additional money to support pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds). As well as extra funding for art, music and sport.
Overall, no matter who wins the election, big changes are coming to the education system. Smaller class sizes means teachers will be in higher demand. A higher education budget means more opportunities for teachers to be more flexible with their lessons. Added funding for subjects such as art and music means more teachers will be needed who specialise in those particular subjects.
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