COALITION AGREEMENT ON EDUCATION
The DCSF has been renamed the Department of Education
The agreement between the parties signed on 11 May stated, in respect of education:
“We will fund a significant premium for disadvantaged pupils from outside the schools budget by reductions in spending elsewhere.”
We agree to promote the reform of schools in order to ensure:
– that new providers can enter the state school system in response to parental demand;
– that all schools have greater freedom over curriculum; and,
– that all schools are held properly accountable.
We await Lord Browne’s final report into higher education funding, and will judge its proposals against the need to:
– increase social mobility;
– take into account the impact on student debt;
– ensure a properly funded university sector;
– improve the quality of teaching;
– advance scholarship; and,
– attract a higher proportion of students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
If the response of the Government to Lord Browne’s report is one that Liberal Democrats cannot accept, then arrangements will be made to enable Liberal Democrat MPs to abstain in any vote.
A more detailed agreement will be available in a couple of weeks.
There will be an education Bill announced in Queens Speech on 25 May.