Commenting on the publication of the Education Policy Institute’s Education in England: Annual Report 2019, Ms Chris Keates, General Secretary (Acting) of NASUWT - The Teachers' Union, said:
“Nothing in the EPI Report comes as a surprise.
“It confirms what the NASUWT has been highlighting from its own research for a number of years.
“We now have an education system rife with inequality and injustice.
“Key drivers of this are Government social economic and education policies which have led to high levels of child poverty, the fragmentation of the education system, deep cuts to specialist provision vital to schools, the exploitation of the teaching workforce which has generated a national crisis in teacher supply and the rising cost of education, which for too many children now means that access to educational opportunities is based on parents’ ability to pay.
“Yet despite the wealth of evidence to support this, the Government remains in denial about the damage it has inflicted.”