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NAHT manifesto puts profession in the lead

School leaders’ union NAHT has released a copy of its bold manifesto designed to put the profession in the driving seat of education reform. 

The manifesto was debated by NAHT members at the association’s annual conference in May.

Russell Hobby, general secretary of NAHT, said the manifesto was not just a list of demands but a project for the profession to take ownership of standards. 

Central to the aims of the NAHT manifesto are the restoration of pride in the teaching profession and the shoring up of public confidence by building on high standards and accountability.

Specifically, the manifesto includes calls for:

  • the establishment of a College of Teaching;
  • the introduction of an Office of Education Responsibility to plan and manage reform;
  • priority for early years in funding and status;
  • a move by school leaders to lead critical reviews of schools; and
  • fairer admissions policies which fast-track pupils from low-income families.
Mr Hobby said: “The NAHT manifesto signposts a way for schools and government to work together on developing an education system based on evidence, sustainability and careful implementation."

NAHT is also launching its new affiliate for aspirational middle leaders in September. NAHT Edge will offer those responsible for leading teams but who still have classroom responsibilities, an online community, access to advice and support and full union protection. See www.nahtedge.org.uk.

Page Published: 18/07/2014

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