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EDUCATION WHITE PAPER PLANS - UNION REACTION

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Commenting on the various leaks concerning tomorrow's education White Paper, Doug McAvoy, general secretary of the ...
Commenting on the various leaks concerning tomorrow's education White Paper, Doug McAvoy, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said:

'Deferring publication of the White Paper was a deliberate ploy by the government to divert attention from the shortage of teachers facing thousands of schools. This will not work. Day after day independent studies confirm our view that the shortage crisis will be worse this term than ever before.

'Parents will not be conned. They will not see privatisation or the expansion of specialist schools and city academies as solutions to teacher shortages.

'It would be unreasonable to blame this government entirely for the shortage problem. It results from the policies and attitudes of the Conservative government.

'But parents will rightly blame the government if it fails to address the crisis and continues to try to play down the depth of the problem.

'Housing subsidies are at least an acknowledgement of the inadequacies of teachers' pay. Proposing a shift in the threshold for performance related pay recognises the gap between teachers' pay and the pay for graduates elsewhere in the economy. Neither is a solution to the crisis.

'There must be a significant increase for all teachers and the government should agree to establish an independent inquiry into teachers' pay.'

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