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Election could see big swing in the teacher vote

With all of the main parties’ school plans now on the table, Tes survey suggests a shift in opinion

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Voting could hardly be easier: you write a cross beside a person’s name on a piece of paper and put it in a box. But for many people, where they place their mark is the final act of a complex decision-making process. And a Tes poll has revealed how heavily schools policy will weigh in teachers’ calculations ahead of next week’s general election.

In the survey of more than 1,200 primary, secondary and special school teachers, 70 per cent of respondents said parties’ schools policies were “very important” in deciding how they vote, with a further 25 per cent saying they were “quite important”.

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