A teachers' manifesto
Greater investment in schools: Increase investment in primary and secondary schools, with an immediate injection of an extra Pounds 2billion a year. Over time schools to be given a larger share of government spending.
Limit class sizes: a maximum of 30 pupils per class for all schools. In the long term, aim to bring down class sizes to a maximum of of 25.
A nursery place for all four-year-olds: Offer all four-year-olds a place in properly funded nursery classes, providing quality education. Aim to extend this promise to three-year-olds.
A new deal for teachers: Immediate steps to raise the profession's status and morale and improve the quality of teaching. These include measures to improve initial and in-service training and enhance career development. Establish a general teaching council to oversee training and career needs. The School Teachers' Review Body to examine whether teachers' pay has fallen behind that of comparable professionals. A review body for Scottish teachers.
A new inspection service:The Office for Standards in Education to be replaced by a new inspectorate, providing schools with advice and local support.
Tackle crumbling schools: A programme to tackle the Pounds 3billion backlog of repairs and maintenance.