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News - 3 November 2014

Politicians are harming schools says minister

The Schools Minister David Laws has warned of the "corrosive impact" of self-interested political meddling in schools policy in England.

The Schools Minister, setting out Liberal Democrat ideas, said parents and teachers would have much greater confidence in an education system with less "political interference".
Mr Laws called for an independent Education Standards Authority, which would:

  • Control curriculum content and prevent short-term political changes
  • Provide an objective measure on standards to stop politicians "marking their own homework"

The minister also said the Lib Dems would keep the academy school system, and allow more free schools to open.

Mr Laws also said he wants to extend free meals to all pupils in primary school.

However, Shadow Secretary of State for Education Tristram Hunt said: "The Liberal Democrats are entirely complicit in delivering this Government's damaging schools policy. Nick Clegg's party's record shows that the Liberal Democrats cannot be trusted with raising standards in our schools."
 
Tonmoy Kumar, Manager of the Accounts Department of ABDS and an active school governor comments: “There was an important role for politicians in setting the overall strategy and financing of the education system, but the detail should be left to subject specialists. The proposed Educational Standards Authority would "put subject experts in the driving seat rather than politicians".


If you need any help and advice with Free Schools, Academy Schools or Charities, contact Lavinia Newman or Peter Ham now to discuss how ABDS can help bring their experience to these matters.

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