We must rebalance Further and Higher Education, and ensure that those with most to gain from up-skilling actually get the opportunity to do so.
Conservatives have a proud record of social reform. I want to break down the barriers to people escaping poverty.
Tougher exams are not to blame. Too often children’s time for the first three years of secondary school is wasted.
This latest scheme could drag sports clubs, the Scouts and Guides and even the TA, Royal Naval Reserves and cadets into its net.
From schools, to helping the youngest get the best start in life, through to leading regeneration – we always strive to ensure that nobody is left behind.
“Yes we’re going to get Brexit right and deliver a good Brexit deal for them, but we’re also building the homes the country needs so that people can own their own home.”
From housing to university access, from the criminal justice system to the House of Commons, ethnic minority communities desire and deserve a fairer deal.
Vocational and technical education are key to changing lives, and hold the potential to change people’s votes, too. They should dominate the Government’s attention.
“That means equality of access to an academic university education, and a much greater focus on the technical alternatives too.”
On what basis would they then be prevented from appearing in pornography? Should they then not be tried as adults and sent to adult prisons? And so on.
She will, today, talk of “identify[ing] ways to help young people make more effective choices when they leave school”. This could be promising.
“It wasn’t anticipated that so many universities would have the same fee for their course. There hasn’t been as much variety as we would have wanted”.
A fairer funding formula, better behaviour, fluency in numeracy and literacy, a richer National Curriculum, better exams: these appeal to voters’ innate common sense.
The Schools Minister has been a near-constant presence at the forefront of educational reform. It’s good that Hinds is listening to him.
Of course, mistakes are made, and governments get things wrong – but there is also a duty to make sure that the good gets out into the public sphere too.