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government's education policy given thumbs down by school leaders

12 December 2016
The latest annual survey of school leaders carried out by Browne Jacobson and ASCL has found that three quarters (75%) of leaders feel negative about the impact the government’s education policy is having on their schools, compared to 12 months ago. This is a significant deterioration on last year.

The greatest levels of concern were reserved for the government’s funding policy. Other areas causing school leaders concern include policies on teacher training and changes to GCSE examinations. Many of those surveyed stated that implementing curriculum or qualification changes is a priority (90%), as is improving the quality of teaching (94%) and exam results (93%).

It is clear that schools in some areas of the country are finding that recruitment and retention of high quality teachers is becoming more difficult and some are actively looking at recruiting teachers from abroad. Heavy workloads, long hours and low morale have led to a higher proportion of teachers leaving the profession within the first five years than ever before. Whilst some areas are implementing changes such as developing Fair Workload Charters in a bid to ease some of the problems, more is needed at a national level to ensure the supply of high quality teachers.

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