Headlines: September 10th, 2009

Most parents believe politicians do not know a great deal about education, according to research published today. The study by the education charity, Edge, reveals that parents feel they are misunderstood by politicians and that those in power do not represent their wishes in relation to education.

The study also found that 87 per cent of parents think all political parties overpromise on education matters in a bid to secure votes. About three-quarters said leaders were not in touch with the education system, and almost half said politicians wanted an education system that did not meet their child’s needs.

Edge has also asked parents about their priorities for education. Highest among these was a focus on basic skills, which was named by 64 per cent of respondents. Almost as many wanted more investment in teachers and almost half saw their priority as investing in buildings and facilities. The charity is still collecting parents’ views on what they would like to see included in education policies for the next five years. They can put forward their opinions at www.edge.co.uk/revolution

Andy Powell, the charity’s chief executive, “The message is clear – British parents know what they want for their children when it comes to education, but currently none of the parties are meeting their expectations. The policy makers are making these decisions for their children now, which is why now is the time for parents to act.” He urged people to have their say and added that parents’ responses would be collated and given to politicians as well as being used in Edge advertising.