Henry Hepburn

Teachers are in no state to fulfil election promises

As election campaigns go into full throttle, politicians continue to play to the gallery of parents while neglecting staff wellbeing

Election promises are empty if teachers are in no state to fulfil them

The theatre of an election campaign does not, to put it mildly, create the best forum for considered education policy. We all know about the age-old problem of the disjuncture between electoral cycles – with the pressure for quick, eye-catching results – and the sort of change that education really needs: sustained, incremental and not at all showy.

In the midst of an election campaign, the gap gets even wider. When parties have to pull stunts like having their leader dangle his legs over a giant deckchair or carve platitudinous promises on a tablet of stone, you know that deep thinking ...

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