Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, said: “We have been delighted to welcome so many interesting speakers to our conference this year.
“As Layla Moran said, it is a political choice not to fund schools sufficiently. We welcome her support for our campaign for more money for schools and colleges.
“She is correct to say that data alone cannot paint a complete picture of a schools’ effectiveness and a pupils’ success. It is also correct to say that school inspection currently does more harm than good. We share her concerns that the new inspection framework is merely step forward when we really need a leap.
“In the past, NAHT has advocated creating an independent body to oversee education policy, to prevent education from remaining a political football. A longer-term funding settlement would help longer-term policy-making, so it is encouraging to hear Layla Moran agree with our calls for a ten-year funding plan for education.”
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