What education policies should the parties put in their election manifestos

Ross Sargent, parent and governor, early years centre, Cambridgeshire All the evidence suggests the more funding the better at the early years stages, and that represents the greatest return on investment. So the first thing has to be a promise not to cut in early years. I would love to see the people who are genuinely experts in education in charge of what goes into our kids’ education – it doesn’t feel that way now – and the focus placed on the importance of teachers so they have the time…

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US election 2016: Trump overhauls campaign team again

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has overhauled his election campaign team for the second time in two months, bringing in a new manager and CEO. Pollster Kellyanne Conway becomes campaign manager and Stephen Bannon of Breitbart News the CEO. Paul Manafort remains as campaign chairman. Mr Trump told AP the new leaders were “terrific people… they’re champs”. Mr Trump has seen his poll ratings slip since the party conventions last month. He trails Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton both nationally and in key battleground states. ‘I don’t want to change’…

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Australia PM Turnbull gets his early election trigger

Opposition leader Bill Shorten speaks while Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull looks on in Australia’s lower house on Monday Australia will likely head to the polls on 2 July after the federal upper house voted down legislation aimed at policing construction industry unions. The Australian Building Commission and Construction Commission (ABCC) bill was defeated by 36 votes to 34. The Senate has voted down the ABCC bill twice, giving the government the trigger for calling an early election. An election may benefit Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who needs a clear mandate…

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