General Election: The education battlelines

Government policy
With two weeks to go until polling day, all three major parties have unveiled their manifestos, all of which include a focus on secondary education. SecEd takes a look.

Eighteen years ago, the main battle cry of the election was “education, education, education” – with Labour putting it at the forefront of their famous 1997 campaign.

Nearly two decades on, and after five years of a coalition government that has brought unprecedented change and reform to secondary schools – in particular to the curriculum and qualifications – education remains one of the key battlegrounds between the parties seeking power.

Whatever happens, and whoever wins the General Election on May 7, the next five years look set to bring more reform. Here is a taster of what the political parties are each planning for education and for secondary schools.

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