In a backgrounder on the policy changes the new Labour government is implementing, education ministers have begun w...
In a backgrounder on the policy changes the new Labour government is implementing, education ministers have begun work on scrapping the nursery vouchers scheme, reports The Independent (p8).
Work will begin soon on developing partnerships between local authorities, private nurseries and voluntary groups. No legislation is needed to end the scheme, but there will be a bill to put an end to assisted places.
Talks with local authorities on cutting infant class sizes will begin straight away, with money from assisted places to be redirected to address the issue, the paper reports.
A bill later in the year will end grant-maintained status, giving opted-out schools the choice between becoming foundation schools, voluntary-aided or returning to council control.