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Commenting on the speech by Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner at the Labour Party Conference, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT – The Teachers’ Union, said:

"Today’s speech recognises that forced academisation does not raise educational standards and that the Government’s academies programme has led to a loss of accountability to parents.
“An enhanced role for local authorities would help the Government to ensure that it has the levers it needs to ensure that all children and young people receive the high quality education to which they are entitled.
“Ending the system of forced academisation must also go hand in hand with a commitment to a national regulatory framework that applies to all schools, that protects the rights of pupils, parents and teachers and ensures that public money is used for the benefit of children’s education.”


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