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General election 2019: Our schools. Their future. Your choice.

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NAHT is at the forefront of education policy, representing the views of 30,000 school leaders as they strive to deliver a world-class education to the nation’s children and young people.

Whatever the challenges or opportunities ahead of us, we can be certain that investing in future generations will be the best way to guarantee our future success.

While Brexit will undoubtedly be at the forefront of people’s minds during this election, there are important domestic matters to consider too. We know that in 2017 education was a defining doorstep issue and it is destined to be so again 2019. Schools and colleges face a number of pressing challenges and therefore this will be a vital election for education.

We have identified five priorities, which describe the kind of education system we would like to see; a system that meets the needs of all those who work and learn within it.

We are urging all political parties and candidates to sign up to this vision for education and to place these priorities at the heart of their plans for the government after the 2019 General Election.

Our five election 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.

To discuss NAHT’s five priorities for education, please contact

Support the campaign 

We need your help to heighten the profile of these key issues on social media and at local events. 

Activities could include hustings events and visits by local candidates or political party representatives. Where these events take place, you should be careful to ensure that reasonable steps are taken by the school to ensure that pupils are offered a balanced presentation of opposing views. See the DfE guidance on this here.

You will also see a variety of social media activity using the #YourChoice hashtag. If you’re a Twitter user, please follow @NAHTnews and promote and share our content.

We have also created a bank of election priority speech cards and education priority flyers. Click here to access our bank of resources. 

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A comparison of education manifesto pledges

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