NASUWT comments on Tristram Hunt’s speech on school collaboration

Commenting on the speech by Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt setting out measures to foster greater links between independent and state schools, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, said:

“Access to high-quality education should be the entitlement of all children and young people, irrespective of where they are educated.

“Mr Hunt’s speech highlights the fact that private schools already benefit from taxpayer subsidies and that they should have a role to play in contributing to meeting the needs of all children and young people.

“Many schools in the independent and state sectors are already working together.

“Collaboration and partnership between schools is critical to success, provided that such partnerships are established on an equal footing. It would be wrong to infer that state schools are not good enough or that independent schools have nothing to learn from the state sector.

“There is currently a diversity of provision in the state sector and it is right that all state schools should also be enabled to work together to share expertise and to meet the needs of all children and young people across their areas.

“The public has a right to expect all political parties to be setting out clear expectations for all schools, including academies, free schools, voluntary aided or local authority maintained schools, to be working together effectively in the interests of all children and young people.”

Lena Davies
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