Lib Dems delivering a fair start for every child

November 26, 2010 3:00 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Liberal Democrat Education Minister Sarah Teather has set out the Government's plan to raise standards for all children while narrowing the gap between rich and poor. The plan is in the White Paper on schools, "The Importance of Teaching".

Said Sarah Teather, "Liberal Democrats believe that a quality education is the biggest opportunity to improve people's lives. Nothing is more important than giving every child a fair start in life.

"Today the coalition government published its white paper on schools - "The Importance of Teaching". It shows how the Government is delivering the fair start for every child that we promised in the Liberal Democrat manifesto.

The White Paper announced four key reforms -

  • Delivering a Pupil Premium, on top of the budgets that schools already have, to go to every deprived child wherever they live, to allow schools to put extra resources into narrowing the gap in attainment between the richest and the poorest.

*Giving all schools more freedom to make the right choices for their pupils - slimming down the national curriculum, removing bureaucracy and red tape and reducing testing and league tables.

  • Expanding graduate teacher programmes like Teach First, developing networks of "teaching schools" and supporting continuing professional development. (Recognising that it is the quality of teaching that really makes a difference in the classroom.)
  • Matching school freedoms with a strong strategic role for local authorities in ensuring fairness - in admissions policies, for children with special educational needs, and in championing educational excellence in all schools, including Free Schools and Academies.

"As part of the consultation process, you can send your views on the white paper to: schoolswhitepaperteam@education.gov.uk. If you have friends or family working in education, please forward this email so they can get involved.

"The Liberal Democrats are delivering in Government the fair start for children we promised."

The white paper can be read here http://is.gd/hVudd

Sarah Teather explains it on You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XI7-7nA7buQ