Day 3 of our journey through the much forgotten (by Labour supporters) Labour manifesto of 2010. Today it’s Children – 3 texts, which was in the Labour manifesto.
A. Too many children leave schools without the skills to be successful. And your family background still has a huge effect: a typical child froma poor family will fall behind a richer classmate by the age of 7 and never catch up. We will increase the funding of the most disadvantaged pupils.
B. Funding will not rise as fast as in recent years, making tough choices necessary with £950m savings through efficiency in our schools. We will take a tougher stance on bad behaviour in schools. We will also close pupil referral units for excluded pupils and encourage new providers (from the private sector)
C. We will call a moratorium on the closure of special schools. We will end the bias towards inclusion of children with special needs in mainstream schools. Any school in special measures for more than a year will be taken over immediately by an Academy.
The answer is
B. Labour promised to make savings and privatise the schools for the most vulnerable of pupils, even I was shocked to see this, sounded very Tory!
A. This was lifted from the Lib Dem manifesto and also the coalition agreement and it is happening. It also has the backing of the Chairman of ‘Labour Teachers’ as well and was also borrowed by the Tories for their manifesto – wow consensus, though not according to books about coalition negotiation with Labour as they wouldn't accept the pupil premium. Perhaps they'll scrap it if they return to power.
C. was in the Tory manifesto, but sounded a bit New Labour - weird.
Advance warning - full Council tomorrow night, so day 4 of this fun game may have to wait