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A Brexit-only election campaign would be a disaster for schools and young people, says NAHT

With a December General Election all but confirmed, Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, said: “Although we know that this election is motivated more by the European agenda than the domestic one, votes cast purely in respect of Brexit will ignore some of the most pressing issues that schools and colleges face.

“Whatever challenges or opportunities the future holds as a result of Brexit, we can be certain that investing in the next generation will be the best way to guarantee our future success.

“General Elections seem to demand eye-catching policies, but in education, the most radical approach right now would be to let the many reforms of recent years bed in whilst focussing on getting the basics right: enough money for schools, a supply of well-qualified teachers, an inspection system that is fair to both schools and pupils, a broad curriculum and access to dedicated support services for those children and young people that need them.”

NAHT is asking all parliamentary candidates to sign up to the following five priorities:

  1. A fully and fairly funded education system where the real-terms cuts since 2010 are reversed and there’s guaranteed long term investment
  2. Great teachers and leaders in every class and every school with the support, development and reward to sustain a career in education
  3. Proportionate, reliable and fair inspection that schools and parents can have confidence in
  4. A broad and balanced curriculum available to all pupils that gives children and young people different ways to show what they can do and properly prepares them for life
  5. Timely and effective support from the services that children and families rely on so that all pupils get the help they need and achieve their potential

Press and Media contacts:

Steven George
NAHT Head of Press and Media
01444 472886
07970 907730

Rose Tremlett 
Senior Press Officer 
07545 354363

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