21st March 1997 at 00:00
"Whoever wins, teachers want to be engaged in a new debate about better standards and professional status"

Peter Smith, general secretary, Association of Teachers and Lecturers

"The new government has to restore the professions' confidence, fund education properly and get class size levels down. If it doesn't, it will reap the problems this government is reaping"

Doug McAvoy, general secretary, National Union of Teachers

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