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Our education and social mobility manifesto

Our education and social mobility manifesto

Ahead of the General Election in June 2017 we outlined our manifesto to improve education and social mobility, with 895 people sharing it with their candidates, to put the pressure on them for change. Ever since then, we’ve continued to push the government to commit to making these changes.

Thanks to your support we’ve started to see positive change. Department for Education Minister, Anne Milton, announced £4 million investment in training careers leaders to improve careers support in schools. At the Conservative Party Conference, Education Secretary Justine Greening committed to piloting paying off the student loans of teachers in shortage subjects in areas of the country that face educational challenges. This also follows some positive steps to increase planned levels of school funding. There is much more still to be done, so let’s keep up the pressure to ensure every child has the chance to succeed.

1. Improve social mobility

Helping pupils get good grades is vital. But even with the grades it’s still an unfair playing field. Children from better off families have an easier route to the top. We need every child to have the advice and support they need to succeed.

  • Expert careers advice in every school – Every school to have a leader dedicated and trained to support young people’s futures.

  • Help to get to university – UK-wide support for disadvantaged pupils for considering and going to university, starting before age 16. This support needs to be in every part of the country, especially where there are no universities.

  • Incentivise employers to support students to get jobs – Employers to offer one day of volunteering per year to support schools’ careers advice.

2. A good school and teacher for every child

High quality teachers and leaders are the foundation to giving every child a great education. We need to support efforts to recruit and train teachers and leaders, especially in shortage subjects and schools in poorer communities.

  • Erase student debt of teachers working in challenging schools and shortage subjects – Clear up to 50% of student debt after 5 years for any new teacher working in an area facing challenges, or in a shortage subject such as science and maths.

  • Close the gap for new teachers’ salaries – Reduce the gap between a new teacher’s salary and the starting wages in other top professions.

  • Support school leadership teams – Develop support, training and resources for the leadership teams of schools who are not yet succeeding.

3. Fairly fund schools

We need to ensure that schools most in need get their fair share of funding so they can help all children succeed.

  • Implement a national fair funding formula – Giving schools with students from disadvantaged backgrounds and low grades their fair share.

  • Protect funding for the Pupil Premium – Which supports children from poorer backgrounds


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