What we have done in government What we intend to do in the next one
Extra early years investment and free school meals for under-7s. A revolution in the quality of early years education with qualified teachers in every nursery and a larger early years pupil premium.
Increased free nursery places and introduced tax-free childcare to 15 hours a week for 3 and 4 year olds, and disadvantaged 2 year olds. to refund up to £2,000 of childcare costs per child. More free childcare: moving to 20 hours a week for working families from the end of paid maternity leave right through to school.
Nearly 2 million new apprenticeships, training our workforce for 21st century jobs. A discount bus pass for under-21s so they can afford to travel to college or work.
Protected schools budgets and introduced the pupil premium to help children who might otherwise fall behind. Protect early years, sixth form and college budgets too – investment from cradle to college to raise standards.
Reformed school league tables to ensure teachers help every single pupil to fulfil their potential. Swift action to support and challenge weak schools and colleges.
Slimmed down the curriculum to the basics every child should know and set higher entry qualifications for new teachers. Parents’ guarantee: core curriculum in every school and every child taught by qualified teachers.