These are the manifesto pledges of the main parties.
- CONSERVATIVE PARTY
To succeed, we must redouble our efforts to ensure that everyone, no matter who they are or where they are from, can have a world-class education.
More good school places
We are proud of our reforms to education, which are giving millions of children a better start in life than they could have expected a decade ago. Thanks to our school reforms - such as the establishment of free schools and academies, and changes to ensure a rigorous curriculum - there are more good and outstanding schools today than ever before. There are now more than 1.8 million more children in schools rated good and outstanding than in 2010. The proportion of pupils taking core academic subjects at GCSE has almost doubled.
There remains a long way to go. For too many children, a good school remains out of reach. There are still 1 million children in primary and secondary schools rated by Ofsted as 'requires improvement' or 'inadequate'. If schools across the Midlands and north of England had the same average standards as those in the south, nearly 200,000 more children would be attending good schools. We need to give every child in our country the best possible education if we are to provide them with the best opportunities in the world.
To achieve that ambition we will have to go further in reforming our education system. So we will continue with our programme of free schools, building at least a hundred new free schools a year. We will prohibit councils from creating any new places in schools that have been rated either 'inadequate' or 'requires improvement' by Ofsted.
To read the Conservative manifesto in full click here.
- LABOUR PARTY
Education is what empowers us all to realise our full potential. When it fails, it isn't just the individual that is held back, but all of us. When we invest in people to develop their skills and capabilities, we all benefit from a stronger economy and society.
At a time when working lives and the skills our economy needs are changing rapidly, governments have the responsibility to make lifelong learning a reality by giving everyone the opportunity to access education throughout their lives.
To meet this responsibility, Labour will create a unified National Education Service (NES) for England to move towards cradle-to-grave learning that is free at the point of use. The NES will be built on the principle that 'Every Child - and Adult - Matters' and will incorporate all forms of education, from early years through to adult education.
When the 1945 Labour government established the NHS, it created one of the central institutions of fairness of the 20th century. The NES will do the same for the 21st, giving people confidence and hope by making education a right, not a privilege, and building bridges where the Conservatives build barriers.
To read the Labour manifesto in full click here.
- LIBERAL DEMOCRATS
Schools in England are facing an unprecedented funding crisis, with rising pupil numbers and an inadequate financial settlement means that real-terms per-pupil funding is being squeezed.
At the same time the Conservatives’ flawed approach to the National Fair Funding Formula means some schools will lose out even more. Liberal Democrats believe every child deserves a high-quality education, wherever they live. We will:
Reverse all cuts to frontline school and college budgets, protecting per pupil funding in real terms.Introduce a fairer National Funding System with a protection for all schools, so that no school loses money per pupil in cash terms.Protect the Pupil Premium which targets extra help at disadvantaged children.
Over the Parliament, this means an extra £7 billion for school and college budgets.
To read the Liberal Democrat manifesto in full click here.
- GREEN PARTY
Properly fund our schools so real term spending per pupil increases and is protected.
Bring Academies and Free Schools into the local authority system, abolish SATS and reduce class sizes.Scrap university tuition fees, fund full student grants and greater public investment in further and higher education.
Restore Education Maintenance Allowance and enable apprenticeships to all qualified young people aged 16-25.Free universal early education and childcare for all children, with formal education starting at age 7.
Address the crisis of teacher workload, with measures such as abolishing Ofsted, and reforming the curriculum so that it is pupil-centred, freeing up teachers to teach.
Ensuring that every child with Special Educational Needs or Disability has access to a mainstream education, in accordance with the UN Convention for Persons with Disabilities.
To read the Green Party manifesto in full click here.
Education should focus on personal well being,practical coping skills, and developing positive social relationships, as well as academic performance.
In stressing the latter, we have piled stress on our children.Our education system needs to be more balanced,so UKIP will introduce emotional health and wellbeing into the Ofsted inspection framework.
To read the UKIP manifesto in full click here.