Monday 12th November 2012 | 12:55
Stephen Twigg: Changing type of school is not enough
Stephen Twigg MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, responding to the Prime Minister’s announcement on primary academies, said:
“The original focus of Labour’s academy programme was on under-performing schools – but unlike this Government, we worked with schools to ensure improvements were sustainable.
“Changing the type of school is not enough – we need a programme to raise the quality of teaching and school leadership, which is what makes the most difference. But under this Government, we’ve seen 10,000 teachers leave the profession.
“We also need a One Nation education plan – getting strong schools to support weaker schools, so that no school is left behind. That can be chieved in many ways, including through federations, clusters of schools and co-operative trusts – academies are not the only answer.”