At this year’s Liberal Democrats Party Conference, the Education Policy Institute (EPI) has partnered with AQA to co-host a fringe event.
Education features prominently in the most recent Liberal Democrat manifesto. There are a number of ambitious commitments aimed to increase funding for schools, teacher salaries and early years provision. These include: reversing cuts to schools funding; tripling the Early Years Pupil Premium to £1,000 per child; and guaranteeing a teacher pay rise in line with inflation. The Education Spokesperson has also indicated that a Liberal Democrat government would scrap some of the current accountability measures for schools including Ofsted, SATs and league tables.
But will these policies be able to effectively tackle some of the biggest and most complex problems currently facing our education system? In order for the Lib Dems to have a comprehensive and coherent education policy, the current system challenges – from the early years through to further and higher education – must be taken into account. Looking forward, this session will ask ‘What are the current challenges facing the education system – and how should they be addressed?’.
The event will take place between 16:30 -17:30 on Monday 16th September.
Speakers include: Layla Moran MP (Education Spokesperson); Dr Mary Bousted (NEU); Ed Dorrell (Tes); Rt Hon. David Laws (Education Policy Institute); and Michael Turner (AQA).
** Note: This event will take place in the conference secure zone. To access the secure zone you will need to obtain a pass directly from the Liberal Democrats.**