Labour to unveil 'cradle-to-grave' education system

Labour will pledge to never limit people's aspiration to succeed as it unveils further details about its flagship national education service.

Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner is to reveal a 10-point charter for the bold plan billed as a cradle-to-grave education system.

The charter promises to provide education that is "free at the point of use, available universally and throughout life".

It also calls for democratic oversight of schools, colleges and other institutes involved in the system, as well as supporting staff and learners emotionally as well as with their learning.

Ms Rayner will tell the party's conference in Brighton: "Our national education service will be lifelong, providing for people at every stage of their life.

"That is our national education service. Not just another structure. Not another new sign on the school gate.

Angela Rayner
Angela Rayner (Lauren Hurley/PA)

"A promise from a Labour Government to the British people.

"That we believe in all of them, in their talent and their potential, in all they give to our country, and that we will never limit their aspiration or their ability to succeed."

Labour launched the policy in the run up to the general election, looking to boost adult education and skills training.

The party says it will consult on the principles of the charter across the education sector.

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-- The Labour Party (@UKLabour) September 28, 2016

"Education informs, it inspires, and it empowers," Ms Rayner will tell party activists.

"Because knowledge is power. I know that from my own life.

"The Labour Party was founded to ensure that the workers' earned the full fruit of their labour."

Ms Rayner will also accuse Theresa May's education ministers of "ripping up their own manifesto page by page", after high-profile policies on grammar schools and free school meals were dropped.

Angela Rayner
(Lauren Hurley/PA)

"They're binning their manifesto, we are building on ours," Ms Rayner is set to say.

"The Tories promised free childcare to the children of working parents.

"They promised over 600,000 places, but they created less than a quarter of them.

"The most disadvantaged aren't even eligible and costs are rising more than twice as fast as wages.

"Today, we are publishing a report setting out the alternative."

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