For the last 40 years Britain’s education system has been at the mercy of changeable government policy. Each successive government has sought to impose its ideas right across the nation in towns, cities and rural communities. The National Front would give far greater control to local people – the local education authority, parents and teachers. While setting out broad parameters we would encourage decisions to be made at local level.
The National Front believes that parents should have the right to send their children to schools outside the state system, however we would change the current system to make such schools available to all.
The National Front agrees with the idea of a basic core curriculum however this should be kept to a ‘core’ only. The National Front believes that some teachers have let down the system and in order to raise the quality of teachers we would insist that all teachers spend at least two years outside the educational system thus avoiding the school – college – school cycle. This would also result in teachers’ salaries having to be sufficient to entice them away from other areas.
The National Front would act decisively to reverse the recent trend away from competitive school sports and would seek to expand the range of such activities so as to accommodate all tastes.