Will education feature as a significant campaign issue in the 2015 general election? Will the major parties be offering us distinct visions of the future of education?
It’s clear that any incoming government will inherit a divided and incoherent non-system. So, will the parties use the campaign to clarify how they see education meeting people’s needs and aspirations or will they simply be trading scandals and arguing about who would cope best with the mess?
From Labour, we now have a draft education manifesto: Education and children. The document is a first effort and can be amended over the next few months. It does not yet reflect the recommendations of the Blunkett review of the role of local authorities in education and the Husbands skills taskforce with its proposal for a National Baccalaureate for 14-19 year olds.
Education and children contains some good proposals but in my view it…
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