Policy Statement: Schools & Education

You said:

Our schools are full. We need school places that are local to us and we want choice.

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:

  • To maintain the existing funding for our schools and nurseries.
  • To resolve the chronic shortages of early years, primary and secondary places.
  • To ensure that viable plans are developed to fulfil the further demand created by new housing developments.
  • To provide reliable and free school transport for children in rural areas.