Commenting on the Shadow Secretary of State for Education’s speech, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union said:
“There are many elements to be welcomed in Stephen Twigg’s speech such as his commitment that he would not allow schools in this country to be run for profit.
We also welcome the positive comments about the possibility of CPD and access to master courses for teachers.
“We will also engage constructively on the proposal for a National College for Teaching Excellence and are pleased that Stephen Twigg recognises the fact that teachers need to be paid proper professional salaries.
“There must be an end to the fragmentation and privatisation of our education system which will see many pupils disadvantaged. Labour needs to be committed to a middle tier, by which we mean the local authority within which all schools will operate on an equal basis in terms of funding and governance.
“Now is also the time to press forward on a proper review of the examination system which would see both academic and vocational educational achievement having their proper place in an overarching diploma.
“A coherent support service, provided by the local authority with high quality in school support, is more likely to attract teachers to all schools including those in areas of disadvantage. If there is public money to pay off or reduce student fees, it may best be used to support those young people who have been deprived of the Education Maintenance Allowance”
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