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disillusion with education policies as election looms

24 April 2015

The Guardian reports that a survey of 1,200 state school leaders shows that over half are undecided about which political party is best equipped to improve the education system. Whether it's promises to cut university tuition fees, pledges to continue with the academies and free schools programme, guaranteeing qualified teachers, allowing grammar school expansion or axing Ofsted, there appears to be no clear winner amongst the parties when it comes to education.

What schools need is some stability in the sector with an end to education being used as a political football and continual change. Recently, it has been reported that rising numbers of new teachers are leaving the profession within the first year of qualification. Whichever party wins this year’s election will need to tackle this problem head-on to restore confidence in the sector and ensure that teaching remains a respected profession with enough quality teachers to educate the next generation.

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