Scrapping Ofsted, banning league tables and abolishing SATs would open up the space to build an education system that meets the needs of all children and young people whilst restoring the professional status of teachers.

“Layla Moran is right to point out that schools urgently need resources and funding. It beggars belief that in one of the richest nations in the world our schools are having to resort to Amazon wishlists and crowdfunding to try and get by. It is high time that the Government grasps the scale of the education funding crisis and starts investing in this and future generations.

“Layla Moran is also right to highlight the impact that almost a decade of public sector pay restraint has had on teachers.  Some new teachers are barely earning the minimum wage once you have factored in their excessive workload. Teachers need a pay rise and to feel valued for the vital work that they do. Until the Government changes course the recruitment and retention crisis gripping schools will not be resolved.

“I’m proud to be a member of the independent Education Commission set up by Layla Moran to develop a vision for the school system of the future. I hope that teachers, support staff, parents and governors will respond to the forthcoming call for evidence and make their voices heard.”

ENDS

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