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Ensure every school is a great school

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We will continue to do everything we can to ensure every school is a great school.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2019, p.13

Our verdict

  • This is a promise that the government will do its utmost to ensure all schools give pupils a better-than-average education. It’s helpful here to compare UK schools to those in other countries with similar levels of socio-economic development.
  • Efforts to fulfil this pledge have been severely hampered by the coronavirus pandemic which has made normal operation of schools impossible.  However, public opinion of the government’s handling of the crisis has been consistently low, and problems with providing resources for schools and support for pupils and staff have been flagged by many teachers, parents, unions, and education sector experts.
  • The challenge of ensuring schools are “great” has been unprecedented in the face of COVID-19, but the government’s approach has been broadly perceived as poorly planned, poorly communicated and poorly implemented. The weight of evidence points to the conclusion that the government is not fulfilling its promise to “do everything we can” to make schools great, so this policy is ‘broken’.

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