One of the most exciting elements of the Conservative manifesto is the plan to increase the provision of and quality of state education.
I have long felt that there will not be widespread and consistent improvement in education while the current system exists. Parents cannot really have choice while there is a shortage of school places, what will be the drivers to improvement is parents have to send their children to failing schools?
The Conservative proposals to dramatically increase the supply of quality school places will mean that parents will no longer be faced with the prospect of sending their child to a school that they’re not happy with. I still find it remarkable that in the modern world of choice, where trivial things can be so personalised and tailored that we still expect something as important as education to be rationed on a like it or lump it or buy yourself out of it basis.