Pursuit of Excellence

The high ambition of the incoming Tory administration to make the pursuit of excellence its educational goal, in England and Wales at least, is surely to be welcomed. The powers and protection that teachers need to keep order in class have been systematically stripped away. These must be restored and the insane European directives on human rights and health and safety permanently binned. Headteachers need greater freedom of action and frontline teachers themselves cry out for greater autonomy and less box ticking. However, progress will be stymied if this elite profession continues to be led by the collection of Dave Sparts still dominating their unions and training colleges.

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