Innovation in industry starts with well-educated young people who grow into a highly-skilled workforce. Education and training in the UK provide young people with the knowledge skills, work skills and creativity to achieve their full potential.
Education creates opportunity, releases potential and achieves excellence, which also benefits and serves the needs of both UK and international organisations.
The UK?s education system is, without doubt, among the best in the world. There are many excellent schools for parents to choose from, with specialist and inner-city schools improving fast. The standard of teaching has never been higher and a record number of students are now going to university. In addition, more adults now learn a new skill at work.
The government?s aim is to secure world-class standards for the great majority of UK citizens, particularly in its schools. Five key principles of reform will underpin the UK government?s drive for a step change in children?s services, education and training:
This programme is backed by a big increase in resources. Spending on education in England will rise to £74bn by 2010-11. It seeks not only to address historic weaknesses, but also to improve everything the education system does and put a clear focus on children, learners, parents and employers.