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NUT: Education and children's bill

Commenting on the proposed Education and Children's Bill, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers' union, said;

"There is some potential promise within the Education and Children's Bill. The Government has an opportunity to introduce fundamental reforms to Ofsted, the curriculum and provide additional support for pupil behaviour. Yet they are at a crossroads about how they do it.

"Schools don't need a tougher Ofsted, and a more prescriptive but narrower curriculum. I urge the Government to initiate a fundamental review of the way in which schools are accountable to ensure that support follows any inspection, rather than punishment.

"There is no evidence that the diversity which has already been introduced into the system by the creation of Academies has raised standards.

"Whilst I welcome additional funding for schools, it is by no means axiomatic that the Pupil Premium will of itself close the gap between rich and poor children."

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