Teacher leaders issue guarded welcome for Labour’s proposed regional education directors

The TES is reporting that plans from the Labour party to ‘tear up’ education reforms introduced by the coalition have been given a guarded welcome by teachers’ leaders…

…The 40 recommendations include plans for the role of 80 independent directors of school standards in cities and regions across England who would provide local oversight of education provision…

As well as new regional directors, the Labour backbencher proposed the introduction of “Kitemarks” to education organisations that do not fall under the remit of Ofsted.

He also called for the creation of so-called “education incubation zones” where schools in a certain category would be given additional resources and technology in a bid to raise standards.

Academy freedoms should be granted to all schools, academies should be able to move between academy chains and Ofsted should be allowed to inspect chains, he added…

Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, said that introducing new directors of school standards could “end up putting Ofsted-like pressure on schools to conform to the latest political fad”.

“Teachers will be sceptical about whether new education bodies, such as community trusts and education incubation zones, will make a difference,” Dr Bousted said. “But if they provide good quality training and help state schools to improve, they will provide a stark contrast to undemocratic academy chains. We welcome the commitment to retaining local authorities’ involvement in education.”

But she warned: “The government needs to spend time building a consensus with the profession, which is open to innovation and improvements, rather than dictating changes from a position of ignorance.”

Her comments were echoed by Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT, who said “serious fault lines” had appeared across the education landscape, adding that reforms introduced by Michael Gove had “weakened democratic accountability”.

“The Blunkett Review indicates that while there is waste and inefficiency in the system, it can be tackled through regulation, effective accountability and better local strategic coordination of education,” Ms Keates said.

But she warned that proposals such as allowing “groups of schools to be ‘floated off’ to new sponsors” could be “damaging” and added that “the devil would be in the detail”…

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Comments

  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove “Teachers leaders” will be union General Secretaries then, who don’t teach. I suppose they are…

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Teachers will already realise that this will be another layer of bureaucracy and although independent of Ofsted, no better

  3. Janet2

    Blunkett’s proposal for sponsored academies (published 2000 see below) promised to learn from US Charter Schools (which as a group only started to show modest improvement in 2013 – over a decade since Blunkett said he would learn from them!).  Deception about these academies began as soon as they were set up.  

    And Blunkett didn’t endear himself to the teaching profession by boasting about naming and shaming schools.

    Now he’s published a report which isn’t easily available – all we’ve read is media commentary and Blunkett spin.

    http://dera.ioe.ac.uk/3000/1/City_academies_-_schools_to_make_a_difference_(July_2000).pdf

    References:

    http://www.localschoolsnetwork.org.uk/2013/07/us-charter-schools-show-modest-progress-after-20-years-of-investment-controversy-and-schools-opening-and-closing/

    http://www.localschoolsnetwork.org.uk/2012/03/deception-about-academies-has-been-going-on-since-they-first-opened/

  4. garrodt

    SchoolsImprove NUTonline NASUWT Why does every damn Govt think they can change the world by screwing up the Education system every 5yrs ?

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