Theresa May has been warned that she will face tough cross party opposition to plans to create new grammar schools at a time when Jeremy Corbyn launches his idea for a National Education Service. What are the impacts of these ideas and potential changes on teaching jobs?
The Prime Minister was facing a backlash after it was reported that she will announce the return to more selective grammar schools in England. Mrs May said “Every child should be allowed to rise as far as their talents will take them and birth should never be a barrier.” Jeremy Corbyn on the other hand, while opposed to grammar schools is looking to make revolutionary changes to the education system.
This week Mr Corbyn announced that he would introduce a National Education Service with targets set on reducing class sizes to under 30 and providing hours of free education to adults for the rest of their lives. He proposes to fund this through corporate tax and cracking down on tax avoidance schemes.
What does this mean for teacher jobs?
Despite the likely opposition to both policies, either one could be beneficial for teaching jobs. In the aftermath of Brexit, the government will look to stabilise the education sector which benefitted from EU money. As a result, the introduction of grammar schools would create new posts or potentially new schools leading to an increase in teaching roles.
It is however, Jeremy Corbyn’s proposal that would see a larger increase the number of teaching posts. Free education for life could result in the number of people returning to education increase.