How will the general election affect primary education?

children at schoolWith the general election just a few weeks away, key issues for education such as the curriculum, pupil funding and end-of-year assessment have featured in many political debates. While the majority of political parties agree that education budgets should be protected, many have conflicting opinions regarding free schools, Ofsted and sex education (to name a few).

With this in mind, we thought it would be useful to summarise the main parties’ policies on primary education. You can read the full manifesto guide on the BBC website here.


  • Protect school funding per pupil
  • Create at least a further 500 free schools in England by 2020
  • Zero tolerance for failure – immediate support to turn around failing or coasting schools


  • Protect education budget for 0-19 year olds so it rises in line with inflation
  • Cap class sizes at 30 for 5, 6 and 7 year olds
  • Ensure all primary schools guarantee access to childcare from 8am to 6pm

Lib Dems

  • A strategy to end child illiteracy by 2025
  • Guarantee qualified teachers, a core curriculum and sex education in all state schools
  • Ring fence the education budget for 2-19 year olds


  • Scrap sex education for primary school children
  • Abolish Key Stage 1 SATs


  • Ensure all teachers are qualified and end performance-related pay
  • Scrap Ofsted and SATs
  • Bring academies and free schools into the local authority system


  • Continue to build and refurbish schools and make progress on smaller class sizes, starting with early years
  • New school heads to have masters qualification

Plaid Cymru

  • Additional year of education and childcare for 3-4 year olds
  • Improve teacher training and cut red tape to give more time to teach


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