Political party manifestos and their impact on education

The general election will be held on 4 July 2024. Ahead of voting, get to grips with what each party is promising for schools in England, and what these changes could mean for your school if the party is successful.

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Contents
  1. Conservatives
  2. Labour
  3. Liberal Democrats
  4. Green Party
  5. Reform UK
  6. Reclaim Party

Find out what to do if your school is asked to serve as a polling station.

There are some policies and pieces of guidance that are currently under consultation, or haven't yet been published, like the draft update to RSHE guidance, or the expected pay review. 

It's not yet clear what will happen to these – we'll update our content as soon as we know about any changes. 

Conservatives

Proposal to replace A-levels with Advanced British Standards

The Conservative party has proposed to replace A-level and T-level qualifications with a new system called the Advanced British Standard (ABS). See the DfE’s summary of proposals (page 29) for an outline of the key principles.

A Baccalaureate-style qualification, this will have 16 to 19-year-old pupils study:

The ABS also involves pupils spending more hours in the

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