A teachers' manifesto

17th January 1997 at 00:00
What teachers want, according to the TES focus groups of professionals.

Greater investment in schools: Increase investment in primary and secondary schools, with an immediate injection of an extra Pounds 2billion a year. Over time schools to be given a larger share of government spending.

Limit class sizes: a maximum of 30 pupils per class for all schools. In the long term, aim to bring down class sizes to a maximum of of 25.

A nursery place for all four-year-olds: Offer all four-year-olds a place in properly funded nursery classes, providing quality education. Aim to extend this promise to three-year-olds.

A new deal for teachers: Immediate steps to raise the profession's status and morale and improve the quality of teaching. These include measures to improve initial and in-service training and enhance career development. Establish a general teaching council to oversee training and career needs. The School Teachers' Review Body to examine whether teachers' pay has fallen behind that of comparable professionals. A review body for Scottish teachers.

A new inspection service:The Office for Standards in Education to be replaced by a new inspectorate, providing schools with advice and local support.

Tackle crumbling schools: A programme to tackle the Pounds 3billion backlog of repairs and maintenance.

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