Commenting on the election, Russell Hobby, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT said: “It is clear that there is no mandate in this result for policies to expand grammar schools, to remove free school meals for all infants and to continue to squeeze school budgets.
“Instead of driving through policies which lack strong public appeal, NAHT believes that the government should be brave enough to use this moment to include ideas from other parties. NAHT has long argued for a less party-political approach to education policy. Now is the time to take a step towards that.
“Since 2015, we have worked successfully with the Department for Education, proving that it is possible for a Conservative administration to work in a collaborative way. Our joint work has led to the rethinking of important education policies, such as to convert all schools to academies and to force year seven children to re-sit their Key Stage 2 SATs. We have also been working productively on big changes to primary assessment and we expect that Key Stage One SATS will soon be abandoned. We are making progress towards a system that is more meaningful and reliable for parents and teachers alike.
"The next government must listen to the profession and to parents. School funding has become a key election issue, and the new government must provide the resources schools need. As a starting point, the next government must focus on the basics in education. NAHT’s election priorities are a good place to start.”
NAHT’s priorities are:
- To fund education fully and fairly
- To put forward a national strategy for teacher recruitment and retention
- To adopt fair methods to hold schools to account
- To value a broad range of subjects in the school day
- To make sure that schools are supported by health and social care services
Page Published: 09/06/2017