In the years since the death of former prime minister David Cameron, British politics has changed dramatically.
With the Conservatives currently in the minority, there are fears that the country could be heading into a hung parliament.
In an attempt to tackle the widening divide, education reform has become one of the most divisive issues facing British society.
A recent report by the Education Reform Commission found that almost half of the country’s 4.2 million students were facing “severe challenges” with a “critical mass” of pupils required to be taught by the time they were 17 years old.
The report also found that half of all secondary schools across the UK are “struggling to maintain an acceptable teaching standards and are not adequately preparing pupils for the 21st century”.
In an interview with the BBC, Education Secretary Maria Miller said that “the government is determined to deliver a better education for all children”.
She also pledged to “ensure the best value for money” for school budgets.
However, a report by an independent watchdog found that the government’s reform strategy was failing to deliver on this promise.
As the country heads towards a general election, many people are beginning to realise that the promise of a brighter future is no longer possible.
The country’s education system has seen significant progress in the past few years.
In fact, in the five years from 2013 to 2016, the number of children attending primary and secondary school doubled.
The number of pupils enrolled in primary schools in England and Wales increased by a third.
Yet despite these impressive achievements, many students are still struggling to maintain a “normal” learning environment.
In 2017, a survey of more than 10,000 students from across England and across the United Kingdom found that students are struggling to learn from a “standardised learning environment”.
They were also more likely to be underperforming in school.
This is despite being taught a “good” school environment that has a strong academic track record, such as “good learning conditions, good teaching, excellent teaching quality and the ability to teach students to think independently and critically”.
The report, Education in the 21-30s: What’s going wrong?
is based on the research of former Prime Minister David Cameron and a panel of experts, including former education secretary Maria Miller, former education chief Jon Ashworth and Professor Stephen Burdett, a professor of education at University College London.
Professor Ashworth said the lack of good teaching conditions and learning opportunities has contributed to the “severe” challenges faced by students.
“The majority of our schools are failing,” Professor Ashmore told Al Jazeera.
“They are failing because the school system has not got the resources to meet the demands of a growing population, or because they are failing to meet their needs for the kinds of teaching that are being required.”
This has created a “severely challenging environment”, with a significant number of students “struck out” of primary schools, or “left” without an alternative.
As a result, some pupils are “in need of intensive training”, which has resulted in “substantial” reductions in their academic outcomes.
“We have seen a dramatic increase in the number and proportion of students left behind, in some cases they are in school for as long as nine months, and some schools have seen significant numbers of pupils leave school before their first year of primary education,” Professor Burdet said.
In the past five years, there has been a “significant increase in pupil-to-teacher ratios”, which have been linked to the impact of “instructive and structured” teaching.
“These are the things that make a good classroom and good learning environment, but they don’t necessarily have to be the only factors,” he added.
“You can’t get away from it, and it’s not something that can be easily changed.
The government has to make sure that there is a real strategy to make it easier for students to succeed.”
Prof Burdette agreed.
“It’s a difficult task to achieve what we’ve got, but the government needs to put in place an approach that has the resources for the future, to make learning as challenging and as challenging as possible,” he said.
“In terms of education, the best approach is to ensure that we do a good job of delivering what is required, and that’s the key to making a better future for students and their families.”
The new findings from the Education in a Changing Britain report have already led to some interesting headlines.
Last week, the Times reported on a study which found that a quarter of students in England are leaving primary school before the age of 18, with the proportion rising to one in three by the age 20.
This has led to a dramatic drop in the quality of schools, with only 13 per cent of primary pupils graduating from secondary schools.
Prof Burt of University College, London also highlighted the fact that a majority of primary students have “poor academic results”.
“This is not necessarily a problem for the pupils who are leaving, it’s a problem when they