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Miliband tells TES: 'We are offering a new beginning for teachers'

Ed Miliband has promised a “new beginning” for teachers and pledged to end what he called the government’s “war” on the profession should his party win May’s general election.

In an exclusive interview with TES in tomorrow's edition, the Labour leader said he would re-establish trust between the government and teachers by listening to concerns about Ofsted, workload and the curriculum.

Mr Miliband said he would take teachers’ concerns about the variable quality of inspection to Ofsted, but he insisted that the watchdog was “fundamental to a good school system”.

But it was the government’s relationship with the profession that required the closest attention, Mr Miliband said, adding that education should be about “liberating” young people.

“We’re offering a new beginning,” he claimed, before adding: “As prime minister, I will be really deeply engaged in education. I’m a parent, I care a lot about it – it’s such a source of liberation for people. And I’ll engage with the profession.”

To read the full interview get the 20 February edition of TES on your tablet or phone or by downloading the TES Reader app for Android or iOS. Or pick it up at all good newsagents.

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