Policy Statement: Schools & Education

You said:

We need more schools.

All children should have the opportunity of an excellent and properly funded education, including access to the right support if they have special educational needs. Parental choice should be maintained, and students should be able to go to top quality schools near their homes, and not be bussed across the county or further.

We will work with Essex County Council and the independent academies, and continue lobbying the Department for Education to meet these objectives. We will also encourage them to maintain the existing funding for our schools; resolve the existing chronic shortages of early years, primary and secondary places; ensure that they develop viable plans to fulfil the further demand created by new housing developments; and that they provide reliable and affordable school transport for rural areas.