Diploma down to economics

11th March 2005 at 00:00
It is becoming received wisdom that the Tomlinson diploma proposal was rejected by the Government because of electoral considerations.That is undoubtedly the case but the Government had another compelling reason.

Tomlinson clearly indicated that his proposals would cost more, calling for a review of the funding regime to pay for the report's proposals.

The white paper simply says that now, and in the future, "resources will be determined in the normal way".

In short, the Government was simply not prepared to pay extra. As Bill Clinton said: "It's the economy, stupid."

John Bangs

Assistant secretary

education and equal opportunities department

National Union of Teachers

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