All young people have the right to receive a high standard of education at their local school regardless of their background, their parents’ income, where they live and their level of ability. And all people, no matter what their age, have the right to lifelong learning.
- The Green Party wants to see an end to the inequalities which mean that some children in Bristol receive a better education than others, therefore:
- We are opposed to private education and would support any moves to assimilate private schools into the state sector and to remove charitable status from remaining private schools.
- We oppose moves to transform state schools in Bristol into Academies and would like all schools to be accountable to the local authority rather than central government.
- We believe that all children should be able to attend a good local school. We want to see a good primary school, with small class sizes, in every community; and a secondary school, responsive to the needs of all children in the area, within easy travelling distance. We would work to protect small schools from closure.
- The Green Party supports teachers, parents and other professionals who argue that schools should encourage children to be creative and develop social and life skills as well as gain qualifications. We oppose the current use of SATs and phonics tests and believe assessment should be unobtrusive and in the interest of enhancing a child’s learning. Such assessment might include the use of value added results, school inspections and self-evaluation.
- The Green Party supports and encourages initiatives aimed at providing a range of opportunities of equal status for young people after the age of 14: including vocational training and apprenticeship-based learning. Massive expansion of apprenticeships, through green work force training and environmental community programmes, are possible ways of providing these alternatives.
- The Green Party opposes educational cuts including school sports, arts and music, educational maintenance grants (EMA) and university funding.
- The Green Party argue that adult educational provision needs to be affordable and enhanced so that adults can gain basic skills, new skills or new areas of academic knowledge throughout their lives.
- We believe that all educational processes and experiences should promote the need for a green and more sustainable society. We support schools that grow their own food on the premises or through attending local community gardens, such as Golden Hill, which provide valuable lessons to children in how to be self-sufficient.
A Green Plan For Bristol
The Green Party is not just concerned about the environment.