Jeremy Corbyn outlines lifelong 'National Education Service' plan

Posted On: 
14th August 2016

Jeremy Corbyn has outlined a “wraparound” national education policy, pledging learning opportunities at every stage of life.

Jeremy Corbyn has said he wants a "national education concept" approach to schooling in Britain
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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.

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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."