The teachers' manifesto 2001

19th January 2001 at 00:00
* Guaranteed non-contact time for all teachers. primary teachers who currently spend the whole day in front of their pupils should be a priority.

* More money for school buildings. To be used as heads see fit, not tied to "gimmicks" such as removing outside loos.

* Reform of league tables to include value-added performance measures.

* Smaller class sizes for older pupils. A target of reducin class sizes to 30 or under for all primary pupils would be a good start, but growing secondary classes should also be tackled.

* Reform of the inspection system - inspections should provide support and advice as well as scrutiny.

* A period of stability to allow teachers to get to grips with the initiatives already introduced. Teachers should be given back their professional freedom.

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