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In a speech today Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister, said free schools and academies must only employ professionally qualified teachers. If that is the case can he explain why, in government, he supported the policies which have led to classrooms in state funded schools being staffed by unqualified teachers.
I’m sure he’ll quote the “Coalition Agreement”, but many “hard-working families” will not understand how you can say one thing and do another. Those same “hard-working families” will then remember tuition fees, and suddenly everything will fall into place.
Commenting on the speech by The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union, said:
“It is clear from this speech that the Deputy Prime Minister is now seeking to distance himself from unpopular and flawed policies which he and his ministers were complicit in introducing.
“Does he honestly think that either the teaching profession or parents will be impressed that he is now an apparent convert to the importance of qualified teacher status, when a Liberal Democrat Minister presided over its removal?
“The Deputy Prime Minister’s announcement of a Champion’s League of headteachers once again demonstrates nothing but contempt for the School Teachers’ Review Body which is currently considering the whole issue of leadership pay.
“With regard to the Deputy Prime Minister’s announcement on the importance of all children and young people having an entitlement to a national curriculum and healthy food standards, they had these until he came into office.
“The Deputy Prime Minister’s attempts to distance himself from the failed education policies of the Coalition fool no-one. This is an announcement with one eye on a looming general election, but no one will forget that this is the same person who before the last election signed a pledge that there would be no increase in tuition fees.
“None of these detrimental changes would have seen the light of day if he and Liberal Democrat Ministers had not supported them”, she concluded.
The NASUWT has been consistent in highlighting the flaws in the education policies of the government, of which Mr Clegg is a key member. NASUWT members do not need Mr Clegg to tell them of the importance of employing qualified teachers. The NASUWT, speaking on behalf of its members, has told him since the policy was first mooted. It seems he has finally understood the message.
Now, is there anything else you’d like to tells Mr Clegg? Free School Checks
As The Deputy Prime Minister has said in the past, “Judge us on our time in office”. We will Mr Clegg, we definitely will.