Commenting on the launch of the Labour Party’s education manifesto, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, said:
“Today’s announcement demonstrates a clear recognition by Labour that a publicly funded education system should secure the educational entitlements of all children and young people, regardless of where they live or go to school or college.
“The NASUWT welcomes Labour’s continuing commitment to securing the entitlement of all children and young people to be taught by a qualified teacher.
“All evidence shows that investment in the early years of a child’s life make a huge difference to educational attainment. I therefore welcome the commitment to restoring the Sure Start programme which fell victim to this Coalition’s unnecessary and savage cuts.
“The emphasis on ensuring that there is high-quality vocational provision would mark an end to the restrictions of the Coalition’s narrow, elitist, academically focused curriculum that is stifling the talents and skills of so many of our young people. All young people should have an entitlement to choose to pursue their aspirations, either through an academic or vocational pathway.
“A clear and coherent national framework for the provision of independent, high-quality careers guidance has the potential to end the current ad-hoc, unequal provision and bring a consistency of approach for the benefit of all.”
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