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.

on 18 June 2024
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  1. Conservatives
  2. Labour
  3. Liberal Democrats
  4. Green Party
  5. Reform UK

Find out what to do if your school is asked to serve as a polling station, and read answers to FAQs about the election

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. 


The Conservative party has pledged changes in its manifesto, and across existing proposals and policy consultations.

Proposal to replace A-levels with the Advanced British Standard

The Conservatives have 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 for an outline of the key principles (page 29).

‘Typically’ a minimum of 5 subjects, in a major/minor format

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