NASUWT COMMENTS ON DAVID CAMERON’S ANNOUNCEMENT

Commenting on the reports that Prime Minister David Cameron is to announce that under a Conservative Government schools rated as ‘requires improvement’ could be forced to become academies, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK said:

“The announcement on the Conservatives’ continuing drive for academisation comes as no surprise.

“Parents and the public will be deeply disappointed that the Conservatives are still clinging to a such a policy and the charade of using Ofsted to justify it when there is no evidence that it raises standards.

“There is however a wealth of evidence to show that the policy has caused fragmentation of the service and has been instrumental in removing fundamental educational entitlements from children and young people including their right to a qualified teacher and to free access to a broad and balanced curriculum.

“Children and young people deserve better.”

NASUWT COMMENTS ON SECONDARY PERFORMANCE LEAGUE TABLES

Commenting on the publication of the secondary school and college performance tables by the Department for Education (DfE) today, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, said:

“Every year the Coalition Government has changed the basis on which school performance is measured.

“It’s unacceptable that schools, teachers, parents and children are subjected to this negative annual ritual.

“A recent poll of parents showed that punitive ranking of schools in performance league tables is not something on which the majority of parents rely when making judgements about a school.”