View from the floor

5th May 2006 at 01:00
Members of the National Association of Head Teachers were furious that no one from the Government attended their conference.

So what did they want to tell ministers?

Rosemarie Hopkin, head of Galliard primary in Enfield, London: "I'd tell them about headteachers' workload, league tables and Ofsted - they are the big issues. The whole league-table system is punitive. The Government seems to think the more punishment they can wreak on schools, the better."

Simon Parker, deputy head of Old Trafford community school, Manchester:

"Why all these initiatives and why do they have to be developed at such an express speed? We should have a speed limit on initiatives - and it should be 20 mph."

Michael Stewart, head of Westlands school and technology college, Torquay:"I would have thanked Ruth Kelly for overseeing a major increase in funding, but then asked why only 50 per cent of it ends up in the classroom."

Michael Newman, head of Victoria primary, Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland:

"I'd tell ministers that they need to listen to us. Education reforms hinge on heads, so it is a very poor, petty decision not to come to our conference."

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