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Policy committee

Chair: Judy Shaw, head teacher, Tuel Lane Infant School, West Yorkshire

This committee, one of four that serves our national executive with decision-making, steers and oversees our interaction with government and other key stakeholders on education policy. The committee takes forward the blueprint of actions for the next year agreed by members at our annual conference. It also develops and adjusts our policy positions and campaigns as government’s policy proposals emerge and evolve.

It refers matters of business to the relevant sector council or committee for them to provide reports, recommendations or expertise before we make decisions. And it takes these to the national executive to ensure our decisions come from a robust, knowledge-based policy-making procedure.

The policy committee’s areas of interest are as follows:

  • Governance and accountability
  • Ofsted
  • School and academy funding
  • Overall government policy and legislation
  • Social inclusion
  • Parliamentary affairs.

Discover what the policy committee is discussing in our summary from the last national executive meeting.  

For any other questions about the committee, get in touch with our policy team by emailing