Steve Sinnott General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, Britain's largest teaching union comments on Schools Minister Lord Adonis's speech to the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' conference.
Commenting on the latest OECD Report on Education Steve Sinnott, General Secretary
of the National Union of Teachers, the UK’s largest teaching union said:
“The Report rebuts the corrosive messages, from those determined to
limit the numbers of youngsters going to university, that university expansion
has led to a watering down in the value of qualifications.
“No one can ignore the fact that young people who gain 14-19 qualifications
and degrees benefit from an earnings premium that lasts throughout their adult
Restoring Pride in Our Public Services: - The report of the Conservative Party’s Public Services Improvement Policy Group.
Commenting on the review group’s proposal for education, Steve Sinnott, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, Britain’s largest teachers’ union said:
“I regret the fact that the report’s education proposals are predicated on the idea of a failed education system. Whilst schools face problems, they have demonstrated very real success in the last 10 years. That should have been recognised.
"Everyone should celebrate this year’s Key Stage 2 results. By any measure they paint a picture of success in primary schools.
"But the national test results conceal the downside of tests, targets and tables. We surely must be able to come up with a better system than one which encourages the hot-house pressures of teaching to the test at the expense of the rest of the curriculum and unrealistic national targets whose very existence feeds the prejudices of those determined to find failure.
Sinnott General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, Britain’s largest teaching organisation said comments on the Government’s decision to give a year’s extension to overseas trained teachers (OTT) to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).