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NAHT comments on 'State of the nation' report

The second annual State of the nation report has been published and laid before parliament.

Responding to the report, Russell Hobby, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT said: "Today’s report by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission points to a failure by politicians to solve problems faced by children from disadvantage backgrounds.

“The report makes some important suggestions, which NAHT supports. For some time, we have been campaigning to establish a greater priority for children in early years education. If we're serious about ending educational disadvantage we must start early. Investing in the skills of staff in early years and in the funding for early intervention is crucial.

“The report also calls for an end to illiteracy amongst primary school leavers by 2025. NAHT is a joint founder of the ‘Read On Get On’ campaign with Save the Children, which has the same target. It’s through initiatives like this that the teaching profession can take ownership of the issues around child poverty and show politicians the way forward.”

Louis Coiffait of NAHT Edge, a new section of NAHT for aspiring school leaders said:

“Working in schools with children from disadvantaged backgrounds is a real challenge. The report recommends that teachers who take up this challenge should be rewarded with higher pay. We know that good teaching makes the greatest difference to children from poorer backgrounds, so this is an interesting idea. A good first step would be a fair national funding formula and clarity that the pupil premium could be spent in this way.

"Teaching is a challenging job, no matter where you are in the country. Great teachers make a real difference to the lives of their pupils. Teachers need to feel valued and recognised for the work that they do.”

The state of the nation report is available here.

The NAHT Manifesto for Education contains key measures which we believe all political parties should sign up to in the run-up to the general election. Read it in full here: http://bit.ly/1BLx3cZ.

NAHT Edge is a new service for a new generation of school leaders. Find out more at nahtedge.org.uk.

Page Published: 20/10/2014

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