Bristol is a great city and it can be so much better!
The Green Mayor and Bristol’s Green Party Council candidates wish to see Bristol continue as the leading Green city in the UK with a clear vision of a more sustainable, better future. Our particular focus in 2016 is on Clean and Affordable Energy, A Decent Home for Everyone, 21st Century Education and Skills and Sustainable Transport and Clean Air.
Tony Dyer - Green Party candidate for mayor
21st Century Education and Skills
The Green Party believes that education should encourage social cohesion and provide everyone with the knowledge and full range of skills they require to participate fully in society and lead a fulfilled life. Everyone in Bristol has the right to a good education. Young children should have high quality early years provision strongly based on play, and a place at their local primary school. Older children deserve a secondary school that can respond to the needs of every child in the area. Young adults have the right to accessible and supported routes into work or higher education. Older adults need varied and affordable classes to help them develop and/or maintain essential or sought after skills.
A Green Mayor and Green Party Councillors will look to do the following:
Early Years and Primary
Children should emerge from their early years as inquisitive and confident learners.
- We will support proposals for an early years play-based curriculum that promotes the development of a wide range of skills not just academic.
- We will promote Time to Play, the NUT’s play policy, which sets out a vision of a play based approach to early years and primary education as an integral part of learning.
Ensure a sufficient supply of school places
Place planning has become increasingly problematic for all local education authorities and a fragmented system causes distress and damage to all concerned.
- We will support proposals to ensure sufficient places for all children including opportunities to reduce costs by sharing facilities with community and commercial organisations.
- Maintained and academy schools, that are their own admission authority, may be failing to comply with the legal duties placed on them with regards to admissions. We will aim to ensure that schools are complying with their duties in this respect.
Build learning communities
New school partnerships, or ‘school to school’ support, will be explored fully.
- We will aim to build neighbourhood learning communities: partnerships of schools, colleges, universities, libraries and children’s centres, throughout the city.
- Collaboration of this kind, linking education, care and cultural providers, is already working effectively in other areas, with significant benefits to everyone in the community.
Increase vocational training
- We will work with local partners and central government to increase the availability of vocational and apprentice-based training. There will be particular focus on Green work force training to help individuals attain the skills needed for the future, the skills needed to build a better Bristol.
- We will negotiate with central government for the localisation of skills and education funding for Post-16 training and apprenticeships, and will work towards delivering a local version of the Educational Maintenance Allowance, to support young people from low-income families.
- We will work with local training and education providers to provide short and medium courses to ensure Bristol has the best trained and most flexible workforce in the UK thus becoming a magnet for new employers..
Support lifelong learning
Lifelong learning and Vocational Training reduce unemployment, increase the ability to earn a good income and allow business to respond to market changes.
- We will strive to build stronger, more equal communities through providing classes that will: help eradicate illiteracy and innumeracy, improve IT skills, teach ESOL, help with financial planning, and provide training in new skills.