Starmer pledges to reform education to prepare children for life

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Sir Keir Starmer pledged that a Labor government would reform the education system to ensure children are “well-balanced” and “equipped for life”.



Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer pledged to reform the curriculum (PA)


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Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer pledged to reform the curriculum (PA)

Labor would revise the curriculum in England, with a focus on digital skills, practical work and life skills, as well as sport and the arts.

In the long run – combined with advice on professional careers – it would mean that no young person would leave compulsory education without the necessary qualifications, the party said.

Labor leader Sir Keir said: “Every child should leave education ready for work and ready for life.



Labor Party leader Sir Keir Starmer and Deputy Leader Angela Rayner (Stefan Rousseau / PA)


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Labor Party leader Sir Keir Starmer and Deputy Leader Angela Rayner (Stefan Rousseau / PA)

“Employers across the country, in all industries, have told me how much they need well-rounded young people with relevant skills, tech literate, equipped for life.

“And the young people told me how ambitious they are for their own future.

“That is why Labor would create an education system that would equip every child with the skills for the future.”

In the latest political pledge at the Labor conference in Brighton, the party said it would reform the citizenship curriculum in the curriculum to include retirement planning, understanding credit scores and applying for a loan mortgage.

Each child would have access to a device at home thanks to a fund made available to local authorities to replace laptops and tablets distributed during the pandemic.

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There is also reportedly £ 250million available for counseling to help 65,000 young people aged 16 to 17 who are not in education, employment or training.

About fifteen internships would also be made compulsory and young people would have access to a professional guidance counselor.

Sir Keir’s attempt to focus on labor policy came after a deadly row over house rule reforms.

He is awaiting the result of a conference vote on a reshuffle of the election rules of a party leader who has been forced to water down his proposals in the face of opposition from the unions and the Labor left.

Under the original proposal, the one-member, one-vote (OMOV) system would have been replaced by a return to the electoral college made up of unions and affiliates, MPs and party members – each with an equal share.

These plans were scrapped, although the revised proposals still constitute a major upheaval and angered some party members.

The package includes the requirement for leadership candidates to have the support of 20% of MEPs, compared to the current 10%.

A further sign of management’s readiness to take on the Labor left, General Secretary David Evans defied critics by calling for a vote on his own position, which he won by 59.05% to 40.95%.



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Shadow Business Secretary Ed Miliband to present plans to ‘green’ the steel industry (Nick Ansell / PA)

Meanwhile, former executive Ed Miliband – now the shadow business secretary – will use his conference speech to set 10-year investment plans to make the steel industry more environmentally friendly.

He will tell the party’s conference in Brighton on Sunday that Labor will invest up to £ 3bn over the next decade to green the steel industry, working with steelmakers.

He will accuse the Tories of failing to invest in the transition and of trying to weaken guarantees that protect steelmakers from being undermined by cheap steel imports as well as spending tens of millions on imported steel to build schools and hospitals.


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