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EDUCATION POLICY

Introduction

In general, the standard of education in Britain is too low and does not appear to be improving. This unhappy state of affairs leads to major problems for industry, commerce and not least the individual. We will return to well proven traditional teaching methods, which requires teachers who are both professional and happy in their work. To this end, performance related pay will not be entertained, but incompetent teachers will be dismissed more easily and the teacher entering the profession will have been examined in greater depth, so that no student will be subjected to the frustration of a bad tutor. The dismissal of incompetent teachers will become accepted as normal practice but their alleged lack of expertise will be assessed over a 3 to 5 year period.

The testing of students for meaningful examinations, at all levels, will be totally independent of the teacher. Passing a particular hurdle will depend very largely on end of year examinations, with more use of traditional homework/course work, while phase tests will be abolished.

Primary Education

The maximum class will be 30 students. Emphasis will be placed on the "3 Rs" taught in a "face the board" classroom situation. Competition between students will be encouraged, since the standard can be raised very easily with positive interaction between individuals. Calculators and computers will be banished from the classroom.

Secondary Education

Streaming within schools will enable teachers to address subjects in greater depth and with more attention to the individual. Mixed ability teaching will be abolished. Maximum class size will be 30. Where possible, boys and girls will be separated above the age of 13.

GCSE examinations will increase in standard, be upgraded, totally independent of the school and graded on a simplified system. The continuation to 'A' levels will be dependent on very good grades at 'O' level. Average 'O' level students to be encouraged to enter commerce or industry and continue in Further Education. 'A' level standards will be restored to their previously high level of academic excellence.

Further Education

Greater provision in middle level education, for example technician, with economic and convenient access for all age groups. Students will be encouraged to take appropriate courses to suit their ability, not merely to fill the class.

Higher Education

Only properly qualified students will be allowed to enter degree courses on a "no fee" basis for appropriate courses, e.g. medicine, accounting, engineering, science, modern languages etc. A wide range of courses will be available, for example media studies, but will not be available free.

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