Jeremy Corbyn outlines lifelong 'National Education Service' plan
Jeremy Corbyn has outlined a “wraparound” national education policy, pledging learning opportunities at every stage of life.
In an interview with The Observer he hit out at Britain's “commodified education system” and “insufficient access” to preschool education.
He said a Labour government under his leadership would guarantee class sizes under 30 in every school, the abolition of tuition fees and a boost for adult education services.
And he said funding would come in part from amendments to corporate taxation and a crack-down on tax avoidance and evasion.
“It’s going to be expensive, I understand that,” he said about abolishing tuition fees.
“But I also understand that as a society it works. A better educated society works for all of us and we will close the productivity gap by doing so.”
He added: “The idea is that we have an educational system that is wraparound and gives everyone opportunities.
“What we have got in Britain is a commodified education system where university and to some extent college education is concerned.
"We have insufficient access to preschool education for the youngest children. And we have a growing mix-up of secondary education between free schools and academies and local authority maintained schools."