Central and Outer Leeds Green Party considers education to be vitally important to improving the opportunities of all people at every stage in life. We support free and quality education for all. We believe in schools working with, and being accountable to, their local communities to support the development and educational achievement of children. Schools are important hubs in their communities and should work collaboratively with each other to spread good practice and resolve problems.
Our priorities for free and quality education in Leeds are:
- Supporting ‘education for life’, for example, the return of the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) in support of adult education and to reverse the decline in further education.
- Working to scrap tuition fees, SATS, league tables and Ofsted, thus maximising local control over the curriculum.
- Encouraging more education on conflict resolution, problem solving, development and democracy.
- Working towards smaller class sizes, with the aspiration being a class size of 20.
- Supporting a greater number of small local schools, hence less travel, with more school buses (both real and walking bus) and active travel options. Evidence also suggests that smaller schools have a more positive ethos improving behavioural issues.
- Restricting the further creation of Academies and Free Schools, which remove control of schools from parents, teachers and the wider community.
We support community campaigns and groups across Leeds working towards these aims. If you are involved in a campaign and would like to discuss working together, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about national Green Party policies in these areas see Education.
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