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Give us clear policies, not sheer cloudy vagueness

If you want to know exactly where each of the political parties stand on education, then don’t bother reading the manifestos they published for this year’s election

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All the major political parties in Scotland place education high on their agendas. But to what extent do they offer radically different proposals? What are the principles underpinning the strategies they recommend? Are there areas of policy that are marginalised or omitted altogether? Do they make good use of research evidence or are they driven more by political expediency? Some leverage on these questions can be gained by examining the party manifestos for the 2016 election to the Scottish Parliament.

One of the most striking features of the SNP, Labour and Conservative manifestos is their ...

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