Wales Election 2016

Wales election issue guide 2016: Education

Parties listed alphabetically

  • A national 10% pay premium for teachers with extra skills or qualifications
  • Pay £18,000 worth of debt for graduates who work in Wales instead of tuition fee grants for all students
  • 30 hours a week full-time early education by 2021
  • Use Wales' share of the apprenticeship levy money to create an additional 50,000 apprenticeships
  • Secondary schools given the opportunity to develop into grammars or vocational schools
  • Introduce University Technical Colleges based on the Baker-Deering model
  • Introduce statutory modern foreign language teaching from age seven
  • Replace tuition fee grants with loans for students studying in England, but fees would end in Wales for science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medical students
  • Create a free, universal early education and childcare service from birth to the start of formal education
  • Raise the starting age of formal education
  • End the programme of school closures
  • Welsh universities will charge no fees to students from Wales
  • Fund schools directly, giving greater control to teachers, parents and governors, and directing more money to the classroom
  • Prevent the closure of any school which delivers the national curriculum, without agreement of parents and governors
  • Replace student tuition fees grants with a rent rebate, providing undergraduates with support for up-front costs
  • Treble free childcare to 30 hours a week
  • £100m fund to boost school standards
  • 30 hours free childcare a week for 48 weeks of the year
  • 100,000 new apprenticeships for all ages
  • Pilot a new model of Community Learning Centres
  • Reduce infant class sizes to 25
  • Expand the Pupil Premium - extra cash for schools with disadvantaged children
  • End tuition fee grants and use the money to fund student living support grant worth between £2,000 and £3,000
  • Ten hours a week of free childcare from end of paid parental leave until child is three

Other policy areas

Agriculture and natural resources


Culture and sport

Health and social care


Key pledges

Local government



Welsh language

Related Topics