Today (Monday 4 October), Secretary of State for Education, @NadhimZahawi, addressed delegates at The Conservative Party Conference #CPC21
Paul Whiteman, general secretary of the largest union for school leaders, NAHT, said:
“In his speech today, the Secretary of State recognised the transformative impact that great teaching makes, and we welcome his clear commitment to unleashing the potential of all young people in this country.
“We hope his commitment to being evidence-led signals a clear intent to listen to professionals working in and around schools.
“We look forward to welcoming Nadhim Zahawi to our national conference this Saturday (9 October), where he will be addressing school leaders directly for the first time since taking up his new role.”
Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said:
“The Education Secretary has a great opportunity to improve the life chances of children and young people as we move through the pandemic. He will need to address the historical problems of school and college underfunding and child poverty as well as those issues that have arisen since the pandemic
“Nadhim Zahawi is right that early years, the curriculum, and teacher recruitment are vitally important if children and young people are to get the education they deserve.
“Teachers see the impact of a system where 40 per cent of educational inequality is set by the time children are five. Levelling up must mean addressing social deprivation for young children and their families as well as ensuring a fully funded early years sector that provides every child access to good quality early years education.
“If the government fails to save high quality nursery education, it will irrevocably harm the educational outcomes and life chances of millions of children across the country.
“None of this can be done on the cheap nor should this be done without consultation with the profession”.