ASCL general election manifesto: don’t use education as a political football

The Association of School and College Leaders has published its general election manifesto calling on politicians not to use education as a political football and instead to focus on the things that matter – sufficient funding, teacher supply, and an exam system which is less harsh on pupils. Education Executive reports.

The manifesto says: “Our education system in the UK is highly regarded by other countries. We must stop talking ourselves down. Education has been used as a political football for far too long, with one side denigrating the system in an attempt to disparage the record of the other side.”

Geoff Barton, general secretary ASCL, said: “ASCL has no political affiliation and our manifesto is addressed to the politicians of all parties. We expect there to be a robust discussion about education and it is absolutely right that there should be.

“But we urge politicians against sweeping generalisations, negative point-scoring and pitching one type of school against another type of school.”

Read their manifesto in the full article ASCL general election manifesto: don’t use education as a political football 

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