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A Brighter Future for our Next Generation

Political interference in education has failed children. We are tumbling down the international education league tables and rising up the ranks  for youth unemployment. UKIP will reintroduce grammar schools, invest in vocational education and technical training, scrap tuition fees for STEM subjects and prepare our young people for the world of work
UKIP’s approach to education is one where no child is held back and where education is as responsive as possible to individual needs. Our children differ vastly when it comes to talent and speed of development. Our education system needs to be far more flexible.   
STARTING SCHOOL:  THE PRIMARY CLASSROOM  
Without reading, writing, mathematical and learning abilities you will be held back in life and struggle to find well-paid work. UKIP welcomes the recent reintroduction of phonics to the classroom and we will make this the model for teaching children to read and write. We will renew focus on mental arithmetic skills and learning times tables, and encourage children to learn languages from year 1 of primary school, when they will find it easier. 
Britain has produced some of the most remarkable people in world history, some of the best thinkers, innovators, leaders, and creators. We must keep that trend going: boosting educational opportunities for our young people and giving them every opportunity to help them realise their dreams.
SECONDARY EDUCATION UKIP’s approach to secondary education focuses on a range of different schools: technical, vocational, selective grammars, and specialist schools. 
A GRAMMAR SCHOOL IN EVERY TOWN The state education system of grammar, secondary modern and technical schools was designed to make a high standard of education available to all, irrespective of social background. Grammar schools improved social mobility by giving children from poorer backgrounds access to career paths they might have previously thought out of their reach. When the national grammar school system still existed, 25 per cent of schools were grammar or technical schools and nearly 65 per cent of their pupils came from the working class. They were not socially elite institutions, as anyone who attended one  will confirm.
The 164 grammar schools that are left no longer represent this classless ideal. Such is the high demand, it is often those with the most resourceful parents who gain access. We need 800 more Grammar or Technical schools so every child who would benefit can get a place.
UKIP will open a grammar school in every town, adapting the old 11+ system to add transfer examinations up to the age of sixteen, so pupils who develop in an academic direction, but not quite so fast, will still have the opportunity of a grammar school place. 
ON-THE-JOB EDUCATION To give students a head start into a job, UKIP will introduce a scheme similar to Germany’s Dual Vocational Training system, 
in which students attend classes at a vocational school and receive on-the-job training at a company. Employment prospects for children who go through this system are high. Germany’s reputation for success in manufacturing and industry is second to none. 
UKIP will give our children the same educational choice to combine theory and practice in this way, so they leave school with technical knowledge and hands-on experience. 
RIGHTING WRONGS IN HIGHER EDUCATION The average student debt is £44,000. The poorest students who are now denied a grant fare worst of all, with debts averaging £53,000. These debts are often pointless in career terms: the latest figures from the ONS show 46 per cent of new graduates will not find a job needing a degree. The taxpayer fares badly too. Only around half of the money spent on tuition fee loans will be paid back.
The quota system promoted by both Labour and Conservatives is not a good enough reason for taxpayers to pay for students to go to university. Students would be better off following another route into the workplace than taking degrees that are unlikely to help them get a job or guide them onto their chosen  career path.
The politically motivated decision to increase university places has deceived and blighted a generation. UKIP will stop paying tuition fees for courses which do not lead at least two thirds of students into a graduate level job, or a job corresponding to their degree, within five years after graduation. We will also cease offering EU nationals student loans when we leave 
the EU. Repayment rates are extremely low and 10,000 EU students currently owe Britain £89 million.
TUITION FEES AND MAINTENANCE GRANTS UKIP’s long-term goal is to abolish tuition fees entirely and we will seek to enact this as soon as economic conditions allow. Meanwhile, to help the poorest students now, we will immediately restore maintenance grants.
To plug the skills gap in these areas, UKIP will abolish tuition fees for undergraduate science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students, provided they work in their discipline and pay tax in the UK for at least five years after they complete their degree. We will cover the cost of all tuition fees for medical students, provided they commit to working within the NHS for at least ten out of the fifteen years after  they qualify.
PATHWAYS TO EMPLOYMENT School leavers should have  an idea of what future career they would like to pursue, and how they can achieve an  entry level job in that career. UKIP will ensure effective career development assumes a more important role in the national curriculum and is assessed accordingly. 
DEVELOPING ‘EMPLOYABILITY’   Whatever level of education you have achieved, your chance of success in the workplace will be influenced by more than your academic abilities. Employers want more from prospective employees than just good exam results. 
UKIP will introduce practical ‘employability’ lessons into the careers’ syllabus, teaching ‘soft’ skills such as interview skills, team-working and timemanagement, making presentations, public speaking, networking, making a good first impression, and developing social skills.  These might not come naturally, but they can be taught. 
LINKING SCHOOLS  WITH BUSINESS Often, the local job market will determine career choices, so schools and colleges should establish links with local businesses, to tell students what they need from new recruits, to offer advice, and to show how business works. 
ENCOURAGING TOMORROW’S ENTREPRENEURS  UKIP will include practical information about setting up your own business into the syllabus.  Being self-employed is a sound career choice if you have a skill or idea others want to buy, and developing the skill to think creatively  and ambitiously can only help in life and  the workplace.  
Entrepreneurship education is becoming increasingly common in the USA, where it is seen to benefit students from all socio-economic backgrounds by nurturing unconventional skills and talents and encouraging them to ‘think outside the box.’ 
The next generation is the future of the UK. Our children need educational solutions that really work,  not political dogma. Grammar schools, dynamic academies and technical schools in every town from Toxteth to Twickenham, combined with high quality vocational training and careers’ advice, will deliver real opportunities for our children. 
SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS UKIP believes all disabled learners must have the legal right to attend either mainstream courses in mainstream education settings, or schools exclusively tailored to their needs. It should be their choice. To this end, we will reverse the policy of closing special schools, and ensure all other schools are accessible to disabled learners and that individual support is in place for each child.
WE STAND BY OUR 2015 MANIFESTO PLEDGES TO:
• Abolish Key Stage 1 SATs. Seven is too young to be tested and this test narrows the curriculum and puts pressure on teachers to concentrate time and resources on borderline pupils. 
• Require every primary school to nominate a science leader to inspire and equip the next generation of scientists and engineers 
• End sex education in primary schools. 
• Fund all secondary schools according to a single formula 
• Make First Aid training a statutory requirement so pupils obtain a ‘Basic Life-Saving Diploma.’ Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation  will be included.