NASUWT: The coalition has ripped up the social contract between the state and young people

Commenting on the publication of the GCSE results, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“Congratulations to all the young people and teachers who have worked so hard to maintain the year on year improvement in the GCSE results.

“They should pay no heed to the serial detractors who emerge every year to trash their achievements by making unsubstantiated claims that exams are getting easier and ‘soft’ subjects have been chosen.

“The key question is, having worked so hard and achieved so much, what is on offer from the Coalition Government for these young people?

“Unfortunately, in just over twelve months, this government has stripped away many of the opportunities available.

“Apprenticeships have been slashed, financial support axed through the abolition of the EMA, youth unemployment has soared and university places cut.

“The Coalition has ripped up the social contract between the state and young people.

“Unless there is a change of policy direction, the betrayal of young people will continue and the country will be starved of the skills needed to support future prosperity.”


Stuart Gannon
NASUWT Press Office

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