Give every child the best start in life

Investing in our future means investing in our young people.

An education system which focuses only on a narrow range of academic subjects and measures pupils’ abilities in a handful of high-pressure exams, does not give young people the skills they need to get on in life. It also lets down those children who do not work well in exam conditions. Liberal Democrats will ensure England’s education system helps children grow into happy, healthy and confident adults; and nurtures and values all styles of learning.

Some of our education policies include:

  • Reverse cuts to school funding, allowing schools to employ an extra 20,000 teachers and reduce class sizes
  • Invest to clear the backlog of repairs to school and college buildings so we have schools that are safe places to learn in
  • End the crisis in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) funding by allocating additional cash to local authorities to halve the amount that schools  pay towards the cost of a child’s Education Health and Care Plan
  • Replace Ofsted with a new HM Inspector of Schools. Inspections should consider a broader range of factors including the social and emotional development of  children, and the wellbeing of staff and pupils


Find out more about our ambitious plan for Britain’s future