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LABOUR'S TEN PLEDGES FOR EDUCATION - UNION COMMENT

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Commenting on the Labour Party's education manifesto, published today*, Doug McAvoy, NUT general secretary, said: ...
Commenting on the Labour Party's education manifesto, published today*, Doug McAvoy, NUT general secretary, said:
'During its four years in power Labour has invested in education which teachers welcome. But their insistence on the development of more specialist schools will
create a two-tier system, introducing preferential funding for the few and disadvantage for the many.
'The success of comprehensive schools should be celebrated. Instead Labour insists on ignoring the substantial increase in the number of young people gaining
higher grade GCSEs and A levels.
'Labour promises 10,000 more teachers but refuses to recognise the crisis in teachers supply. It has failed over the last four years to ensure adequate recruitment
and retention of teachers. Its sticking plaster solutions have not worked. We still have nearly 50 per cent of newly qualified teachers either not entering teaching or
leaving within three years.'
* the manifesto is available here.
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