Education Policy Mind Map
Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, has signalled his intention to radically transform school provision by introducing a number of new free schools and expanding Labour’s academies programme. In addition, he has promised to raise standards by introducing a new exam system, abolishing the national curriculum for secondary schools, and improving the standard of teaching.
The Children’s Minister, Sarah Teather, has set about improving early years’ provision by increasing the amount of free education available to two, three and four year-olds, and offering incentives to local authorities to increase the take-up of free nursery care. In higher education, meanwhile, David Willetts has controversially raised student tuition fees to £9,000 a year and angered vice-chancellors by clamping down on student immigration.
Ministers have done all this in the face of fierce resistance from both the Labour Party and leaders of the main teaching and university unions. It is a sign of how seriously the coalition takes the whole agenda that they have been backed to the hilt by both David Cameron and Nick Clegg.
In order to help you navigate some of the priorities and issues under discussion in the education sector at the moment, Insight Public Affairs has mapped out the headline policy drivers spanning: primary, secondary, higher education, early years, infrastructure, school reforms, teachers, curriculum, inspection and vocational education.
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