Our future demands access to life long learning & education
Life-long excellent education for all
Education is the key to unlocking potential, we must support all schools to become outstanding, and work with sixth form colleges to ensure young people are ready both for work and higher education. Yet more than 5,600 Suffolk youngsters are being taught in 'inadequate' schools, according to the Council's own data.
The Covid pandemic has widened the educational divide. Our young people's education has been seriously disrupted with many unable to benefit from on-line learning through inadequate internet connection and lack of access to tablets and other devices.
After 16 years of Conservative administration Suffolk needs to adapt and change for the sake of the current and future generations of young people.
The Liberal Democrat Plan for Suffolk will:
Deliver an action plan with schools and teachers to improve education attainment and schools' performance, replacing the Council's failed and underfunded 'raising the bar' scheme.
Boost apprenticeships and vocational training opportunities for young people
Introduce countywide "catch up" education programmes and improve access to on-line learning.
Provide more school places for children with special needs within the County.
Make provision for life-long education for a world that changes rapidly. Skills acquired at 18 are almost certainly to be outdated before long and re-education will be needed.
Whilst the Council cannot reverse the shift from local authority control to academy trusts, it should set up a consortium of education providers with a shared agenda to drive improvement.
Liberal Democrats believe that education is for life; we must invest in Libraries helping them to provide a wider range of services for local people, e.g. including life-long learning opportunities, and as digital hubs.