Commenting on the Education Bill, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, said:
“Ensuring that all children and young people receive their entitlement to the highest standards of education should be at the heart of any Education Bill.
“However, it is clear that through this Bill the Government is determined to continue with its obsessive focus on structural change, despite clear evidence that this does not raise standards.
“In addition, the threatening mood music around this legislation of sacking head teachers will do nothing to raise standards as it will simply fuel the recruitment and retention crisis.
“But perhaps one of the most disturbing elements of the Bill is the provision which appears to be a direct attack on the fundamental right of parents to have a say in the type of education they want for their child.
“Abusing the legislative process to seek to gag critics and stifle opposition is a chilling theme running through far too many of this Government's legislative plans and we all should be concerned when Governments abuse their power to attack fundamental rights and freedoms.”
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