Commenting on the report published today by the Local Government Association (LGA) which recommends that education trusts be established to oversee the performance of all state schools, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union, said:
“The recommendation by the LGA is a welcome addition to the debate about how to overcome the democratic deficit which is blighting public education and undermining public confidence and trust in our schools.
“The interests of children and young people have suffered as a consequence of the Coalition Government’s ideological pursuit of a free market in education.
“Recent education policy reforms have weakened democratic accountability as more and more power has been handed to unelected education providers at the expense of parents and local communities.
“Serious fault lines have now appeared across the education landscape which means that children’s entitlement to a local school place, fair admissions, a broad and balanced curriculum and to be taught by qualified teachers are at the mercy of individual education providers.
“Any new strategic solutions to the oversight and governance of our education system must secure democratic engagement and representation which enables parents, teachers and the wider public to play their role in securing quality education for all children and young people.”
Notes to editors
The NASUWT’s Maintaining World Class Schools report makes a number of recommendations for restoring the democratic link in our public education system. For more information visit www.nasuwt.org.uk/WorldClassSchools
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