March 13, 2010 at 10:44 am Leave a comment

Our NUT Leaflet: 

Kate Sweeny is the Green candidate in the General Election. After the recent debate in Lightcliffe, the press report said: “If we are looking at knowledge and familiarity of the issues, confidence, sense of humour, then Kate Sweeny and Craig Whittaker would win.”

Unfortunately, Kate is not being allowed to debate with the other candidates in Todmorden on 11th March. Why not? The NUT organisers say that the panel would be “too crowded” and they are restricting it to the “main parties”. We don’t think this is fair or democratic.

 The Green Party has strong and wide-ranging education policies. You’ll find some of the main points overleaf, and if you want to know more please ask one of the Green Party members  here tonight or see http://policy.greenparty.org.uk/mfss/mfssed


  • Remove the charitable status of Public Schools


  • Work towards maximum class sizes of 20


  • Allow children to start school at 6, using the Scandinavian model


  • Reduce the size of secondary schools – 700 students or fewer


  • Phase out the business-sponsored ‘Academies’


  • Abolish SATS


  • Get rid of divisive and misleading ‘league tables’


  • Provide state funding for University tuition


  • Aim for as much inclusion as possible, adequately resourced


  • Pay a small income to school governors, and give school councils voting rights in governors’ elections




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This blog started during the months before the 2010 General Election, in which I was the Green candidate for Calder Valley. It's morphed into an account of green activism...and other meanderings.

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