Professor Bill Winlow, Preston West

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Clegg pledges parental guarantee on schools

by professorbillwinlow on 20 October, 2013

The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, has said he will no longer support the fundamental principles of the Conservatives’ academy and free school programme after 2015. Mr Clegg said he disagreed with several of the most important freedoms exercised by head teachers of schools outside council control. He will pledge a new “parental guarantee” in the Liberal Democrat election manifesto, reassuring parents that their child’s teacher will be qualified if the party is in government after 2015. Under the guarantee, free schools and academies would also have to stick to the national curriculum and follow nutritional standards for school meals. The policy will put the Liberal Democrats at loggerheads with David Cameron and Michael Gove and align the party more closely with Labour on education.

 

“I agree whole heartedly with this approach” says Bill Winlow. “We must ensure high standards of education in all our schools with lessons persented by qualified teachers”.

 

As reported in today’s papers: The Independent on Sunday, Page: 14-15    The Observer, Page: 1, 9     The Sunday Times, Page: 2   

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