NUT on Ed Miliband’s Speech to Labour Party Conference
Tuesday, 27 September 2011
Commenting on today’s speech by the Labour leader, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said this:
“Much was made in this speech of the need for change and a new way forward, but sadly there are not many new answers. Schools do their very best for their pupils but aspirations mean little if young people cannot afford higher or further education, or find a job. We also need to see a return in our schools to a stimulating curriculum that is relevant to all our children.
“Ed Miliband made much of the excellent comprehensive education he received. The academies and free schools programme will simply drive divisions in our society even further and needs to end. Labour needs to commit itself fully to the level playing field of a comprehensive education system which is democratically accountable to the local community.”
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