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In my manifesto

Nicole highlighted a very interesting article on The Guardian website last week 25 people ranging from teachers and parents to charity workers and political commentators were asked what policies they would like to see in the next government’s education manifesto. The views expressed are wide-ranging and clearly personal to each individual and their line of work or interests, but they stimulate you to think about the improvements that we need to make.

The comment that most resonated with me was made by Brett Wigdortz who founded Teach First: he  would like a ‘cross-party consensus’ on what schools and students need to achieve and a long-term plan for reaching that goal. I have long felt that our education system is the result of the ideas (and possibly whims) of whichever political party is in power. As governments change, educational policy changes and then teachers and students (as well as tutors) scramble to get up to speed and to understand what is required of them.

It is surely the aim of any education system to equip young people with the confidence and skills, both academically and emotionally, to succeed in life, whichever path they choose to go down. I acknowledge that there are a myriad of ways of reaching that goal but perhaps these ways should be decided by an independent body of teachers, lecturers, parents, students, psychologists and business leaders as opposed to a narrow group of people who might see educational policy purely in terms of political gain and not what is going to most benefit the young people of our country.

Lucy Cawkwell

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