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General Election 2019

General Election 2019

 

  • This election has seen a huge change in the political make-up of Parliament, which is sure to have an impact across the country, and on politics in Westminster. It is the biggest majority for the Conservative party since 1987 and they are expected to have a working majority of at least 76. The Labour Party has won its lowest number of seats in more than 80 years.
  • The Labour Party has lost many previously safe seats to the Conservatives, particularly across the north of England, including several constituencies that have not seen a Conservative MP for decades. The party came very close to losing other seats with previously large majorities, and lost votes in both strong Remain and strong Leave areas.
  • The Conservatives claimed key marginal constituencies, breaking the so-called “red wall” of Labour seats to make gains across the Midlands and the North of England. They also secured victories in Wales. Overall, the Conservative Party performed strongest in areas that voted Leave in the EU referendum.     
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR EDUCATION? 

 

  • The Conservative manifesto pledged to:
  • Provide an extra £14 billion in funding for schools
  • This is equivalent to £150 million a week, and will include at least £5,000 a year for each secondary school pupil and at least £4,000 for each primary school pupil.
  • This includes £780 million in new funding to support children with SEND.
  • Provide more school places for children with SEND
  • Build more free schools
  • Establish a new £1 billion fund to help create more high quality, affordable childcare
  • Invest almost £2 billion to upgrade the entire further education college estate
  • Review interest rates on loan repayments with a view to reducing student debt
  • The Conservative manifesto stated the party’s commitment to the behaviour review carried out by Tom Bennett in order to strengthen “teachers’ powers to deal with bullying and disruption”.
  • The party also stated that it would “expand our programme to help schools with the worst behaviour learn from the best – and back heads to use exclusions.”
  • We can expect the Government to recommit to the SEND review which was started under Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson in September 2019.
  • The Conservatives will expand ‘alternative provision’ schools for those who have been excluded.
  • On vulnerable children, the party outlined that it would prioritise adoption where possible or foster parents recruited by the local authority and Review the care system “to make sure that all care placements and settings are providing children and young adults with the support they need.”