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Commenting on the Government’s response to the ‘Schools that work for everyone’ consultation, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, said:

“The NASUWT cautioned the Government in 2017 and having seen the Government’s response, although not as conclusive as it could have been, it signals a stepping away from some of the original ideas contained in the consultation.

“The Government appears to have recognised, with its announcements today and in the last week, that an ideologically-biased view based on denigrating the work of maintained schools is not only erroneous but is also unsustainable and fails to command widespread public support.

“The Government’s announcement today is, however, unlikely to assuage the concerns of many parents across the country whose children face the prospects of an increasingly narrow curriculum whilst access to a broad and balanced education is increasingly based on parents’ ability to pay. The Government needs to address these issues if it is serious about securing a school system that genuinely works for everyone.”

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