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The NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union is calling for an end to the Local Management of Schools in Wales.

Delegates at the NASUWT Cymru Conference will hear today that this model, which allows schools to opt out of direct financial control from local authorities, is outdated.

The Local Management of Schools was introduced in 1988, before the devolution of Wales when political attitudes to education were very different.

Dr Patrick Roach, NASUWT General Secretary, said:

“The competitive model for education provision has been tried, tested and failed and it’s time for the Welsh Government to abandon this flawed system.

“The Local Management of Schools has created serious problems for schools and contributed to waste, mismanagement and inferior industrial relations.

Neil Butler, NASUWT National Official Wales, said:

“The exclusion of Governing Bodies from the proposed Social Partnership Bill will leave education workers vulnerable to prejudice and discrimination that other workers would be protected against.

“We will lobby for the inclusion of Governing Bodies in this important piece of legislation, so that teachers receive the same rights as other workers.

“However, it would be better if the whole archaic governing system in Wales was dismantled.”

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