The Green Party Manifesto – What It Promises For Schools?

Given the uncertain election outcome and the chance that the Greens may find themselves in coalition with Labour and the SNP, it is worth a read.

Increased funding The Greens promise to increase funding by at least £4 billion per year, but do not say when this will be implemented from or by. This contrasts with the Conservative promise of an extra £7.1bn by 2022 (an extra £4.3bn in real terms) and the Liberal Democrats' emergency £2.2bn cash injection and extra £10bn a year. Labour has announced a £150bn social transformation fund for schools, hospitals, care homes and council houses but has yet to provide the detail on schools funding. We await the other manifestos for the detail on their proposals.

Education from aged 6

Under the Greens, formal education will start from age 6 with younger children remaining in early years education, drawing on the Swedish model.

Reduced class sizes

The Greens will also reduce class sizes to 20 pupils 'in the long term' though they don't give further detail on the timescale or confirm if this will be funded as part of the extra £4bn a year.

Ofsted abolished

As expected, Ofsted will be abolished and be replaced by a 'collaborative system' of assessing and supporting schools to improve standards. No further detail is given on what this system would look like and how it would work in practice.

National curriculum and league tables abolished

The 'rigid' national curriculum and league tables will also be abolished with teachers 'trusted to plan their lessons and assess progress'.

Arts and music education restored

Given that the national curriculum would be abolished, it is a surprise to read that the Greens will restore arts and music education in all state schools. That said, the principle of restoring arts and music education to state schools will be welcome given its diminution in recent years.

Climate curriculum introduced

The Greens will also introduce an English Climate Emergency Education Act to teach about climate and environmental crises and will enable more outdoor lessons and introduce a new Nature GCSE. Again, this raises questions around delivery given the proposed abolition of the national curriculum.

Sports extended

Meanwhile, the Greens will make sure all children get at least a half-day equivalent of sports in school which would again conflict with the abolition of the national curriculum.

Academies abolished

As expected, the Greens will end the academies programme...

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