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LABOUR CONFERENCE: EDUCATION GREEN PAPER OFFERS VISION

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Labour's education green paper offers a vision for education, Shadow Education Secretary Ann Taylor told the Labour...
Labour's education green paper offers a vision for education, Shadow Education Secretary Ann Taylor told the Labour Party conference today.

She said Labour offers a vision of a learning society 'where education is not geared to a privileged minority but where all individuals are empowered to make real decisions about their own lives.'

Labour believes, said Mrs Taylor, that the National Curriculum should provide the framework, not the entirety of a school's curriculum.

'We believe that the assessment of children must be appropriate and must win the confidence of parents and teachers. We reject the simplistic, meaningless and dangerous league tables which are designed to set schools against school and child against child.'

Labour must lead the way to changes in post-16 education qualifications she said.

'Our proposals for a General Certificate of Further Education to build on the success of GCSE will end the divide between school education and post-16 provision and between vocational and academic qualifications.'

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