As a governor of a special needs school, I am committed to better funding future generations and the proper maintenance of schools. We also need to invest more in technical education. A skilled and valued workforce is key to economic success.

Luigi Gregori

We will invest in education, starting in the crucial early years and continuing throughout adulthood. We want every child to get the support and attention they need at school, so they leave with the skills, confidence and resilience to be happy and successful – whatever they choose to do next.

  • Put a dedicated, qualified mental health professional in every school, making sure all children and parents have someone they can turn to for help.
  • Increase school and college funding per pupil above the rate of inflation every year.
  • End the scandal of crumbling school and college buildings by investing in new buildings and clearing the backlog of repairs.
  • Extend free school meals to all children in primary education and all secondary school children whose families receive Universal Credit.
  • Tackle the crisis in special educational needs provision by giving local authorities extra funding to reduce the amount that schools pay towards the cost of a child’s Education Health and Care Plan.
  • Appoint a Cabinet Minister for Children and Young People.
  • Ensure that all parents can access childcare that is flexible, affordable and fair, including by reviewing the rates paid to providers for free hours to ensure they cover the actual costs of delivering high-quality childcare and early years education.
  • Reinstate maintenance grants for disadvantaged students immediately to make sure that living costs are not a barrier to studying at university.
  • Create new Skills Wallets, giving all adults £10,000 to spend on education and training throughout their lives.
  • Expand opportunities for young people to study, teach and volunteer abroad by returning to the Erasmus Plus programme as an associated country.

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