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Commenting on the speech by Justine Greening, Secretary of State for Education, to the Conservative Party Conference, Chris Keates General Secretary of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, said:
 
“The most striking thing about the speech was the absence of any substance.
 
“Teacher supply is in crisis as a result of plummeting pay levels and the escalating workload blighting the profession.
 
“Children and young people being denied their entitlement to be taught by a qualified teacher are facing an increasingly narrow curriculum and for too many their access to educational opportunities is based on their parents’ ability to pay.
 
“Yet the Secretary of State makes no comment on any of these critical issues facing education, so paralysed is this Government by Brexit.
 
“The most notable issue in the speech is the reference to the plans for early years, which although light on detail, appear to signal that at last the Government has recognised that the axing of early years provision over the last seven years, through the closure of hundreds of sure start centres, was a deeply flawed policy.”

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