Below is part 2 of our response to the Labour Party’s Policy Consultation on Education.
- What should a National Education Service be for and what values should it and the draft charter embody?
- What amendments, if any, should be made to the principles outlined in the draft charter for the National Education Service?
- What additional principles should be considered for the charter of the NES?
- What barriers currently exist to cooperation between education institutions, and what steps can be taken to remove them and ensure that cooperation is a central principle of our education system?
- Through which channels and mechanisms should the public be able to hold educational institutions to account, and how should this vary across different educational bodies?
- What can we do to reduce the fragmentation of the education system, and to move towards an approach that is integrated and promotes lifelong learning?
- How do we improve the quality of early years education, in particular with relation to qualifications and staffing levels?
- How do we achieve genuine parity of esteem between academic and vocational/technical education? How do we improve outcomes for those young people who do not choose to follow what is seen as the traditional academic route?
- What can be done to ensure that the NES has the staff it needs, in particular with reference to the ongoing crisis in teacher recruitment and retention?
- What steps can be taken, at both the training stage and during continuing professional development (CPD), to ensure that teachers and support staff have the knowledge and resources they need to teach the whole curriculum? For instance, with reference to mandatory, age-appropriate relationships and sex education (RSE) and personal, social and health education (PSHE).
This has been written by Clare Smith and Gary Foskett, 3Di Associates.