JEREMY Corbyn’s plans to scrap Ofsted and primary SATs tests could backfire massively and harm Britain’s poorest kids, a think tank warned last night.
The Education Policy Institute also lashed Labour’s plan to splurge £7billion on scrapping uni tuition fees branding it “surprising and disappointing”.
And they warned Labour’s plans to extend free school meals have a massive £140million blackhole in the numbers.
In an in-depth analysis of the main party manifestos, the EPI warned Labour’s leftie plan to ditch the schools inspector could end up dragging down standards.
EPI deputy head of research Jon Andrews said: “We know from international evidence that inspections, testing people, raises standards.
“That is particularly true for schools that prove to have poorly performed, and which you get disadvantaged pupils in.
‘MOST SIGNIFICANT CHANGE’
“The concept of accountability should help reduce the attainment gap.”
They said Labour’s plans to scrap Ofsted, SATs, and end free schools and academies would mean the “most significant change in education policy direction for a number of decades.”
Researchers also blasted Mr Corbyn’s plans to splurge massive amounts of cash scrapping tuition fees rather than focusing on early years.
They warned this could do nothing at all to help the poorest kids get better results and will help higher paid graduates the most.
While Mr Corbyn’s war on private schools could also end up backfiring and heaping yet more pressure on the state sector, they warned.
Labour plans to wallop private schools with VAT charges and get a commission to look at whether they can be integrated into the state sector.
But researchers warned this could lead to a sudden influx of middle class kids trying to get spots at the best state schools – squeezing more disadvantaged kids out.
The EPI also criticised parts of the Tory manifesto. They warned plans to “level up” funding so every pupil gets a minimum amount could end up with the most disadvantaged schools only getting small increases to their budgets.