Education reforms will divert resources away from schools in greatest need

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date: 27 January 2011

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Commenting on the publication of the Education Bill today (Thursday), TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:

'Many of the provisions in this Bill are a direct attack on our democratically accountable school system.

'Extending academies and introducing free schools will fail to serve the interests of the majority of families and pupils, and will instead divert resources away from the schools in greatest need of support.

'Abolishing the negotiating body for school support staff will deprive employees of a means to achieve minimum standards in pay and working conditions.

'However it is welcome to see new safeguards for teachers facing allegations of abuse or improper behaviour from pupils.'

NOTES TO EDITORS:

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