According to the Conservative Party website the Conservative Party will try to achieve the following if they gain power at the 2010 general election:
Education is the most powerful means by which individuals can be given the freedom to shape their future – and our schools reform plan is driven by the need to increase opportunity for all.
We will undertake a long-term programme to close the educational gap between the fortunate and the forgotten, with policies including:
* Building hundreds of good new schools within the state system
* Shifting the balance of power away from the government and towards parents
* Removing the obstacles which prevent new schools being established
* Encouraging smaller and more varied schools to respond to parents’ demands
In addition, we will take a number of immediate steps to improve standards in all our schools:
* Improve discipline and behaviour in schools by shifting the balance of power in the classroom back to the teacher
* Ensure more teaching by ability to stretch the strongest and nurture the weakest
* Look at reforming the testing regime in primary schools to reduce bureaucracy and focus on every pupil’s real needs
By doing all this, a Conservative Government will stop the decline in standards and create the excellent schools our children deserve.
Conservative Party Schools Policy :http://www.conservatives.com/Policy/Where_we_stand/Schools.aspx
I would be interested to hear both positive and negative views on Conservative’s Schools policies in the comments below?