We want schools to have flexibility, but we also believe that parents and children need to know that the curriculum in every school will cover the essentials and that teachers will be skilled educators who know how to inspire a love of learning.
Education should equip children with rich knowledge for life, nurturing creativity and problem-solving, and instilling a passion for life-long learning. Children should be helped to develop the life skills they will need as adults, and every pupil should receive outward-looking advice and guidance about their future. We will:
- Introduce a curriculum entitlement – a slimmed down core national curriculum, which will be taught in all state-funded schools, including academies. This will include a ‘curriculum for life’ including financial literacy, first aid and emergency lifesaving skills, mental health education, citizenship, and age-appropriate Sex and Relationship Education (SRE).
- Create an independent Education Standards Authority to design, pilot, phase-in and fund future changes to the national curriculum, in consultation with teachers and experts.
- Protect the availability of arts and creative subjects in the curriculum and remove barriers to pupils studying these subjects, such as by abolishing the English Baccalaureate.
- Challenge gender stereotyping and early sexualisation, working with schools to promote diversity and equality, such as by requiring all school uniform policies to be gender-neutral.