Education and skills – LibDem manifesto commitments commenced or delivered to date!

Lib Dem Manifesto p.34 “We will increase the funding of the most disadvantaged pupils, around one million children. We will invest £2.5bn in this ‘Pupil Premium’ to boost education opportunities for every child.”

The government has delivered on the key Liberal Democrat pledge of a £2.5bn pupil premium to bring extra funding to the most vulnerable students. Each child on Free School Meals in Haringey will start with an extra £430 which will go directly to their school to be spent how the school thinks best. This is additional funding on top of the normal formula settlement.

Lib Dem Manifesto p.34 “We will improve discipline by early intervention to tackle to poor basic education of those children who are otherwise most likely to misbehave and become demotivated”

The schools white paper introduced simple reading checks at age 6, designed to stop young children falling behind in basic skills which go unnoticed until it is too late and therefore contribute to future bad

Lib Dem Manifesto p.35 “We will confront bullying, including homophobic bullying, and include bullying prevention in teacher training”

The schools white paper specifically states that we will expect teachers and head teachers to take a strong stand on homophobic bullying. It sets out plans to rationalise and simplify anti-bullying guidance from a
fragmented 500 pages to around 20 pages. It also commits to working with NGOs such as Stonewall and the Anti-Bullying Alliance to promote best practice and make sure that schools know where to go for support. I have already had a number of meetings with the Schools Minister (and Stonewall) on this.

Lib Dem Manifesto p.34 “We will… support the expansion of Teach First to attract more top graduates into teaching”

The Government has announced plans to expand the Teach First scheme. It also announced a new Teach Next programme to encourage more mature entrants into teaching.

Lib Dem Manifesto p.34 “We will improve teacher training by increasing the size of the school-based Graduate Teacher Programme… we will improve training for existing teachers over the course of their careers to keep them up to date with best practice”

We have announced plans to expand the Graduate Teacher Programme.

Lib Dem Manifesto p.34 “Axe the rigid National Curriculum, and replace it with a slimmed down ‘minimum curriculum entitlement’ to be delivered by every state funded school.”

The schools white paper announced that both primary and secondary National Curriculums will be reviewed and slimmed down to become a national benchmark of the knowledge and concepts children should be
expected to master in core subjects at each key stage. It will be designed so that parents can hold schools to account for what their child has learned.

Lib Dem Manifesto p.36 “Reform league tables to give parents more meaningful information which truly reflects the performance of a school. Schools should be working to get the best from all their pupils but government league tables are forcing them to focus on those who are just above or below the key C-grade borderline.”

Under government proposals, performance tables will include a measure of how well pupils progress as well as attainment. All of the information that underpins government statistical tables will be published for each school, and DfE will publish ‘families of schools’ documents that group similar schools in a region and provide detailed performance information that can be used to identify best practice.

Lib Dem Manifesto p.38 “Reform the existing rigid national pay and conditions rules to give schools and colleges more freedom”

The schools white paper announced that we would give schools greater flexibility and freedom to set pay.
Lib Dem Manifesto p.35 -“We will replace the bureaucratic Early Years Foundation Stage with a slimmed-down framework which includes a range of educational approaches and enough flexibility for every young child.”

Dame Clare Tickell has been commissioned to review how the curriculum of the Early Years Foundation Stage prepares all children for school, reporting in spring 2011.

Lib Dem Manifesto p.37 “Introduce an Education Freedom Act banning politicians from getting involved in the day-to-day running of schools.”

The schools white paper introduced this year addresses many of our concerns, removing much of the centralised and stifling bureaucracy imposed by Labour. Every school will have more autonomy, but the
white paper also includes provision for local authorities’ strategic oversight.

Lib Dem Manifesto p.40 “We will end Train to Gain funding for large companies, restricting the funds to the small and medium-sized firms that need the support.”

The Government has announced that it will end Train to Gain and replace it with an SME-focused programme to help small employers train low-skilled staff.

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  1. Yes but what are you going to do about the lack of male role models in schools and boys reading and general education levels? At a very young age boys feel less able at school than girls (mainly because they are told so), which leads to lack of confidence and achievement. What is the government planning to do about this? What, specifically, is the minister for equality planning to do to ensure that boys have equal advantages, aspirations and opportunities at school as girls do?

  2. *applause* however, ALL of the above “victories” were blown completely out of the water by your failure to protect students from the appalling tuition fees rises and the cancelling of the schools building projects.

    *puts you in the naughty corner*

  3. Manifesto commitment tossed aside: we pledge to *vote against* a rise I’m tuition fees

    And another one: we’ll abolish tuition fees

    Shame on you, Lynn.

  4. The “real” Lynne is increasingly disappearing from this site, replaced by Lib Dem HQ PR handouts, coupled with vigorous retweeting by party apparatchiks. Almost makes you nostalgic for those synthetic rants about the council – although those would be more difficult I suppose now her government is presiding over unprecedented cuts in local funding that will undoubtedly affect local services.

    Interesting though that so much of the Lib Dem manifesto apparently chimes so easily with the Tory approach. Local Tories clearly voted for Lynne in large numbers and now we see why.

  5. Ms Cushion, I’m glad the school-building programme was cancelled. The future they were built for was a future of debt, with our local authorities locked into dodgy off-balance-sheet PFI deals which meant that we’d still be paying for them after they’d fallen down!

    Much of the urgent school rebuilding has found alternate funding and gone ahead; the non-urgent stuff can wait until there’s more money after the Labour-worsened financial crisis.

  6. Lynne you were elected by students attracted to vote for you by your pledge not to raise fees so to highlight the manifesto pledges you did complete and not meet the one they elected you to do is a terrible insult.

    The increase in fees will lead to students from poorer working-class to middle-class backgrounds unlikely to spend accrue £50,000 worth of debt for liberal arts and humanities courses. Courses such as History, Art, English, Sociology, Philosophy, the performing arts perhaps politics will become the preserve of the rich. The diversity of these courses will diminish and shrink dramatically. The conservatives have never cared for these liberal arts courses as these tend to nurture centre or left-leaning thinking. Ideologically they want these places torn-down. The conservatives have long-felt that increases in the number of those with degrees has devalued the richer classes degrees.

    The poor and lower-middle income earners will now be more likely to focus upon vocational courses because it is too much of a risk to gamble with this level of debt. The Tories have long-held that these vocational courses have more utility than the arts.

    This should be of real concern to a liberal democrat unfortunately you appear to have jettisoned these liberal principles for power

  7. Not only the broken “pledge” (A solemn vow) on tuition fees, nd cutting additional money fromthe Universitties teaching budget

    cutting the ENTire teaching grant for the Humanitits meaning orgainsiations like LSe or the School of Oriental and African Studies having NO governement support for teaching.

    An insane mean-minded illiberal policy to no purpose except the privatisation of education by the back door.

  8. Lynne this is the mother of a student who almost died marching to stop the ideological cuts being introduced {the ones you pledged never to vote for}. I want to see you shouted at in the streets for shame..

    The Guardian, Thursday 30 December 2010

    Do others feel deeply patronised by the appointment of Simon Hughes to “frame an effective message” about the changes to further and higher education (U-turn hint, 29 December)? The government’s assumption is that those who protest have misunderstood the facts.

    But the coalition’s policies are filled with contradictions; one lies in the pervasive rhetoric of choice. Students will take their loans and choose the best university for them, producing a free market in higher education that will lead to the growth of some institutions and academic subjects and the collapse of others. Citizen petitions will select new laws to be debated in parliament.

    This rhetoric merely conceals the coalition’s appeal to economic necessity: there is no choice, they tell us. If you oppose our attempts to reshape public services, or higher education, you are being childish, failing to face the facts, disrupting the great work of national recovery. You are part of an almost “feral” mob. This technique is familiar to all parents: if a child resists (going to school etc) offer a small trivial choice which creates the illusion of control. Would you like the Moomin lunch box or the Fireman Sam one? What this tiny area of choice tries to conceal is the child’s lack of autonomy. But, as every parent also knows, there are choices, and they are made by the parent.

    Economists disagree over the economic crisis; the coalition’s deeply ideological “reforms” are not driven by economic necessity and it is this knowledge that leads large numbers of citizens, of every age, class and level of education, to take to the streets. The fear of dissent is what drives the violence with which protest is being policed. As a member of that “feral” mob on 9 December – and mother of injured student Alfie Meadows – I know that a party which could not gain a majority at surely the most propitious moment in recent history is trying to use the language of necessity to bring in changes that will reduce equality.

    Susan Matthews

  9. Disgraceful spin – distasteful hypocrisy – demeening to democracy – basically a big fat D minus

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  11. I think Lynne Featherstone is just messing us about with all her blog posts and her failure to acknowledge the people who aren’t happy with her broken pledge. It’s like her saying to us: “I’m the important one here, and you lot can moan and moan as much as you like, but I’m the person in charge and there’s nothing you can do about it, so there.”

    Well she’s right of course, but in the end she’s the one who LIED to the public.

    We can hold our heads up high as law-abiding decent and honest citizens, but the same cannot be said of Lynne and her deceitful colleagues.

    OK Lynne, now over to you for your next blog of self-aggrandisement …..

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  13. “This is additional funding on top of the normal formula settlement.”

    Which is being cut. Which means the “pupil premium” is worthless. And nor is it £2.5 billion either.


  14. I’m sorry, but cluster-bombing your blog with LibDem press releases in an attempt to convince us and, I would guess, yourself that your party has been anything other than a fig-leaf for a Tory government in this joke of a coalition is embarrassing.

    Nobody is buying it. I was a first time Lib Dem voter in the last election. I would rather vote Conservative than vote for you lot again. At least you get what it says on the box with the Tories. All the Lib Dems have done is turn nasty but logical and consistent Tory policy into nasty and utterly illogical laws.

    This is a deeply flawed government, and it is clearly not working. I will be amazed if it survives 2011 and expect to see a Conservative government with a clear majority by this time next year. I can’t imagine we will be seeing many Lib Dems in opposition either.

  15. Shame on you.

    Lowest of the low.

    Did you enjoy your xmas dinner or did you spare a thought for the unemployed you’re helping to create, the homeless, the destruction of life chances for next generation, the privatisation of NHS so that Lansley and friends can get their

    You have stored up the anger of many – AV ? a miserable little compromise-is that what you sold out for? Sanctimonous , arrogant liars-the lot of you..

  16. Dear Lynne Featherstone – stop sending me your nauseating Lib Dem news parading your achievements. Rise in tuition fees – end of. Complete about turn on Lib Dem policy – end of.

    I hope you are out at the next election and to think you replaced the wonderful Barbara Roche MP.

    You are treating the electorate like idiots.