Labour, Conservatives and Lib Dems have all pledged to increase the education budget. But we ask, from early years via schools to further and higher education: What can be done to make the education system more effective and fairer? How can outcomes across different levels of education be improved? How can we reduce inequality in education success? Can education help people after losing jobs? First, we compare the UK with other large European countries in terms of education spending and productivity of the economy. Then, we look into six education policy areas and identify key policy priorities. The last part reviews the election manifestos from this angle.