Education has always been a key Lib Dem priority. We aim to boost school funding and invest in new buildings and repair facilities. We’ll introduce a workforce strategy to address the crisis in retention, and ensure every secondary school pupil is taught by an expert in their field.

We’ll extend free school meals to every child in primary school and secondary school pupils whose families receive Universal Credit.  This helps with the cost of living, but will also boost academic performance.

Ofsted inspections need reforming to give parents a clear picture of a school’s strengths while helping teachers understand how they can continue to raise standards. Qualifications at 16 and 18 must be made fit for the 21st Century, and the curriculum should include access to sports, music, drama, debating and coding.

  • Free school meal
  • Fill staffing gaps
  • Reform Ofsted inspections

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