NASUWT comments on the announcement on coasting schools

Commenting on the announcement by the Secretary of State Nicky Morgan on coasting schools, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, said:

“It should come as no surprise to anyone that the Secretary of State is selecting criteria to define coasting schools to maximise the opportunity for extending academisation.

“Concerns should be focused on what this announcement means for schools, pupils and parents.

“It signals more uncertainty and turbulence for schools, distracting them from focusing on raising standards.

“Every child should benefit from an education which enables them to reach their potential. However, ministers are wilfully ignoring the damaging conditions they have created in which children no longer have the right to be taught by qualified teachers, where there is a major crisis in the number of graduates wanting to enter the teaching profession and where access to educational opportunity is increasingly based on parents’ ability to pay.”

Lena Davies
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