News and Support from The NASUWT
A survey of parents, carried out by independent polling company ComRes and commissioned by the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, has found that
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:
“It is clear that on many of the key education policy issues the majority of parents do not share Coalition Ministers’ views.
“It remains the case that for the majority of parents the locality of a school is a key factor, supporting the NASUWT’s long-argued view that what every parent wants is access to a good local school.
“It is clear that punitive ranking of schools in performance league tables is not something on which the majority of parents rely and therefore schools, parents and children are subjected to this negative annual ritual unnecessarily.
“Parents’ concerns about the rising cost of education vindicate the warnings given by the NASUWT to Coalition Ministers that on their watch access to educational provision is increasingly now on the basis of parents’ ability to pay.
“The fact that the overwhelming majority of parents agree that it is important that children are taught by teachers who are professionally qualified is a damning indictment of the Coalition’s decision to remove the requirement for all schools to employ qualified teachers.
“The very high level of satisfaction that parents indicate with the quality of their child’s teachers makes all the more outrageous the constant denigration the profession has suffered at the hands of this government, denigration which only ceased when the General Election came into view.
“On the issues which parents value highly, the Coalition’s core education policies have failed to deliver.”