Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer will seek to raise Â£ 1.7bn for public education by increasing the tax burden on private schools if he is elected prime minister.
The opposition leader told the Sunday Mirror he wanted to see a “rethink” of education and said the pandemic had widened the gap between children of rich and poor families.
The party is holding its conference in Brighton, with Sir Keir’s opening address scheduled for Wednesday in which he will speak about revamping the program in England, with a focus on digital skills, hands-on work and life skills, and sport and the arts.
This would ensure that students are âequipped for life,â he said.
The Mirror said Labor would seek to raise funds by ending the charitable status of private schools, with the party saying this would bring in Â£ 1.6bn after the VAT exemption was lifted and 104 million pounds sterling business rate.
Sir Keir told the newspaper: âThe job is that every parent can send their child to a big public school.
âBut improving them for the benefit of all costs money. That is why we cannot justify maintaining charitable status for private schools.
In the latest political pledge at the Labor conference in Brighton, the party said it would reform the citizenship curriculum in the curriculum to include retirement planning, understanding credit scores and applying for a loan mortgage.
Each child would have access to a device at home thanks to a fund made available to local authorities to replace laptops and tablets distributed during the pandemic.
Sir Keir said: âEvery child should leave education ready for work and ready for life.
âEmployers across the country, in all industries, have told me how much they need well-rounded young people with relevant skills, tech literate, equipped for life.
âAnd the young people told me how ambitious they are for their own future.
“That is why Labor would create an education system that would equip every child with the skills for the future.”
There is also reportedly Â£ 250million available for counseling to help 65,000 young people aged 16 to 17 who are not in education, employment or training.
About fifteen internships would also be made compulsory and young people would have access to a professional guidance counselor.
Sir Keir’s attempt to focus on labor policy came after a deadly row over house rule reforms.
He is awaiting the result of a conference vote on a reshuffle of the election rules of a party leader who has been forced to water down his proposals in the face of opposition from the unions and the Labor left.
Under the original proposal, the one-member, one-vote (OMOV) system would have been replaced by a return to the electoral college made up of unions and affiliates, MPs and party members – each with an equal share.
These plans were scrapped, although the revised proposals still constitute a major upheaval and angered some party members.
The package includes the requirement for leadership candidates to have the support of 20% of MEPs, compared to the current 10%.