UK Politics

Conservative Party: Government reveals plans to overhaul education system

News   •   Nov 25, 2010 11:10 GMT

Amongst the many proposals outlined by the Department of Education are moves back to final GCSE exams, a slimming down of the National curriculum and anonymity for teachers being investigated.

A new measure, already piloted in the USA, will see former troops offered sponsorship to train as teachers.

Those who have served in uniform are wonderful examples for our children and as former members of the armed services they have learnt about self discipline and team work; such experience and values will be invaluable in our schools to compliment the great work already being done by many teachers.

One of the proposals outlined in the paper is to raise the threshold at which schools are considered to be underperforming to fewer than 35% of pupils achieving five GCSEs graded A* to C.  It is naturally not acceptable that two thirds of children are not getting basic GCSEs and in order for that to change the system needs to be reformed.

However, along with raising the threshold, it is important that schools are offered support in times of difficulty and in an effort to help weak schools attain higher success rates, those designated as underperforming will become academies and the number of top head teachers drafted in to help struggling schools will nearly treble by 2014.

The Education Secretary, Michael Gove said: "We need to move away from a system we've had over the last 20 years where ministers and bureaucrats dictate everything that's happening in schools and we need once more to restore the prestige, the esteem, the importance of teaching".

"And so we will reform teacher training, we will ensure the curriculum meets teachers' needs but also we will liberate teachers and schools to do what they do best."