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Like the NHS, let’s decide what’s free and what’s paid for

A national debate is overdue about what a state school can sustainably offer for free at the point of delivery

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At the heart of every good school lies a group of teachers who hold sacred their mission to create the very best opportunities for all of the children in their care. In a great school, every child will have their emotional, physical, intellectual, spiritual, aesthetic and moral needs stimulated, and they will all become the best that they can be. These are the high aspirations of those who dedicate their lives to schools and the noble art of teaching.

These are the lofty objectives of us all, and while they help to inspire our profession, they are also a curse. Good schools need good teachers ...

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