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Daily and Sunday Politics manifesto tracker: Education

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Welcome to the Daily and Sunday Politics manifesto tracker. As the name suggests, it tracks the progress the government is making - or not - in achieving the promises made by the Conservatives in their 2015 general election manifesto and major policy announcements.

The traffic light scorecard above shows the current status of all of the policies. The manifesto tracker will be updated over the course of this parliament.

The tracker has been broken down into policy areas, which can be explored by clicking on each of the links below.

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This section deals with education. This is a devolved matter: read more here.


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If children do not reach the required standards in their exams at the end of primary school, they will re-sit them at the start of secondary school

- Manifesto, page 33

  • Year 7 re-tests will be trialled in January and June 2017 and rolled out in January and June 2018

An extra 600,000 free childcare places; Give families where all parents are working an entitlement to 30 hours of free childcare for their three and four-year-olds

- David Cameron, 22 April 2015; Manifesto, page 27

  • The manifesto pledged 30 hours of free childcare for three and four-year-olds for families where all parents are working. David Cameron said this would benefit 600,000 children
  • The policy was included in the Childcare Act 2016. However changes to the eligibility criteria introducing a new upper income limit of £100,000 a parent and stipulating parents will qualify only if they work at least 16 hours a week mean that only around 390,000 children will now benefit
  • Early implementation pilots will begin in September 2016 with full implementation from September 2017
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Introduce a national postgraduate loan system for taught masters and PhD courses

- Manifesto, page 35

  • The government has held a consultation and postgraduate master's loans are now available for the academic year 2016-17
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Over the next five years, we will deliver three million more apprenticeships

- Manifesto page 18

  • Skills Minister Nick Boles confirmed in July 2016 that the government remains committed to three million apprenticeship starts by 2020. 499,800 apprenticeship starts were reported between May 2015 and April 2016

Expand the National Leaders of Education programme

- Manifesto, page 34

  • Applications are now open for schools to apply to the National Leaders of Education Programme

Continue to expand academies; Any school judged by Ofsted to be requiring improvement will be taken over by the best headteachers

- Manifesto, page 34

  • At the March 2016 Budget Chancellor George Osborne announced plans to turn every school into an academy by 2022 but the proposal was abandoned in May 2016. The government said it would push forward with compelling academy conversions in two areas: where it is clear that the local authority can no longer viably support its remaining schools because too many schools have already become academies; and where the local education authority consistently fails to meet a minimum performance threshold across its schools
  • The Education and Adoption Act 2016 strengthens powers to intervene in failing schools and introduces measures to tackle coasting schools. The Act makes clear that all failing schools will become sponsored academies

Continue to provide the pupil premium, protected at current rates

- Manifesto, page 34

  • The Pupil Premium has increased by £20 from £1,300 to £1,320 per pupil over 2014-15 to 2015-16. The 2015 Spending Review said the pupil premium "will also be protected at current rates"

Open at least 500 new Free Schools

- Manifesto, page 34

  • 69 Free Schools have opened so far in this parliament with 206 in the pipeline
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Support primary school sport with a £150m a year, paid directly to head teachers, until 2020

- Manifesto, page 42

  • Delivered in the 2015-16 academic year
  • The primary school PE and sport premium is set at £160m per year. The government plans to double it to £320m per year from September 2017, paid for by a levy on the soft drinks industry

Invest new capital on a record scale - £6.9bn in the UK's research infrastructure up to 2021

- Manifesto, page 21

  • To be assessed in 2020. The 2015 Spending Review committed the government to an investment in science capital of £6.9bn between 2015 and 2021

Treble the number of apprenticeships in food, farming and agri-tech, as part of our plan to secure three million more apprenticeships

- Manifesto, page 21

  • The Rural Productivity Plan included commitments to work with employers to develop apprenticeships in rural areas, and to expand apprenticeships in key sectors of the rural economy including food, farming and tourism
  • The government aims to treble the number of apprenticeships started annually in food and farming from about 6,000 now to 18,000 by 2020. Statistics for 2015-16 will be released in early 2017

Invest at least £7bn over the next Parliament to provide good school places

- Manifesto, page 34

  • The Department for Education has committed to invest £7bn over this parliament to provide good school places. This is part of an overall commitment in the 2015 Spending Review to invest £23bn in school buildings, opening 500 new free schools, creating 600,000 school places, rebuilding and refurbishing over 500 schools and addressing essential maintenance needs

Not allow state schools to make a profit

- Manifesto, page 34

  • This remains the case

Increase the number of teachers able to teach Mandarin in schools in England, so we can compete in the global race

- Manifesto, page 34

  • While undertaking a five-day tour in China, chancellor George Osborne announced that a £10m investment would be made to allow more children to learn Mandarin at school, with the ambition of having an additional 5,000 students learning Mandarin by 2020. The Department for Education says this programme will ensure that there is a sufficient number of teachers for these pupils

Increase the number of cadet units in schools, so that more students have the chance to learn skills such as leadership and self-reliance

- Manifesto, page 45

  • The number of cadet units in state schools is to increase five-fold by 2020, Chancellor George Osborne announced in the 2015 Summer Budget
  • The government says the creation of additional cadet units will be achieved through the Cadet Expansion Programme, which includes two application rounds per year through to 2018. To achieve the overall target, the Ministry of Defence is seeking to approve 25 schools in each round

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