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Labour Minister of State for Schools and Learners, Vernon Coaker MP, comes under scrutiny in this pre-election debate series which challenges MPs from the three main political parties on their education pledges.

Vernon takes the hot seat and faces questions from a panel of school staff to discover what his party is promising to do in education if it is elected, in a debate hosted by journalist Mike Baker.

One-to-one tuition for those falling behind in English and maths, the kitemark system for successful schools, and compulsory education until age 18, are all discussed.

The panel is made up of award winners from the field of education; headteacher of the year in a London school, Catherine Myers, primary teacher of the year Steve Mills, teaching assistant of the year Trish Gribble, and governor of the year Spyros Elia.

Part of the series: Election 2010 - Testing the Parties

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