Education: Key issues for the 2015 Parliament

This section of the Key Issues 2015 publication focuses on education and school places. This briefing was prepared by House of Commons Library researchers for Members of the new Parliament in 2015 and includes analysis of a range of subjects.


A school place for every child?

During this Parliament, the demand for primary places will begin to feed through to secondary schools. The mechanisms for creating school places changed significantly during the last Parliament.

Academies and Free Schools

Originally introduced under the Labour Government to replace poorly-performing secondary schools, academies became a defining feature of schools policy during the 2010 Parliament.

Expanding private higher education

One of the key aims of the previous Government’s higher education policy has been to increase choice and competition in the HE market. A controversial aspect of this policy has been the Government’s rapid expansion of the private higher education sector.

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