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Commenting on the policy letter published by the Guernsey Education, Sport and Culture Committee on secondary school reorganisation, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT-the Teachers’ Union, said:
 
“The NASUWT welcomes the publication of the policy letter, which puts forward concrete proposals for the future of Guernsey’s secondary school structure.
 
“The proposals are comprehensive, particularly in the post-16 sector, and have the potential to give parity of esteem to all qualifications.
 
“The Union has stated many times that the uncertainty hanging over the school system is disruptive for staff and pupils alike, we hope therefore that this announcement  will lead to much-need stability.
 
“It is pleasing to note that the Committee has acted on many of the recommendations the NASUWT made in its response to the consultation phase and we look forward to working with the Committee to take these proposals forward.
 
“We do have concerns, however, that amendments may be made to pursue an entirely different structure, a strategy which would lead to yet more delays, uncertainty and disruption and adverse consequences for recruitment and retention. There is a danger that the comprehensive ethos running through the proposals could be undermined.
 
“Going back to the drawing board would result in millions of pounds of additional unnecessary expenditure, money that would be much better spent on the education of children.
 
“The NASUWT hopes that deputies will reject any amendments that could lead to such negative consequences for teachers and pupils.”

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