A challenge to political parties
19 Apr 2010
The independent education charity, the National Education Trust, has put down a set of challenges against which the political parties' education manifestos should be judged.
The challenges include:
- Democratic control of schools should pass to schools themselves with uniform per pupil funding across the country.
- Schools should be freed of government regulation.
- The panoply of quangos should be dismantled.
- The inspection regime should be simplified to focus on pupil outcomes, teaching and learning and leadership.
- Pupils should follow an international curriculum.
- Young people should stay in education and training until 18.
The Director of NET, Roy Blatchford, urges: "ask a politician near you what he or she is going to do over the next five years to challenge a few of the orthodoxies so that, truly, every school in the land is a good school or better".
For more see the NET website: www.nationaleducationtrust.net/index.php