Will the Tories open doors to teachers' professional know-how?

9th October 2009 at 01:00

Michael Gove's answers last week simply showed the Tory penchant for expediency and self-interest over vision. He claims they can learn lessons "from countries across the globe", but fails to reveal that this takes place on a strictly self-selecting basis.

If he is looking to Sweden, why not to Finland, which continually tops tables for educational excellence, and with a fully state-funded, comprehensive system?

Until the Conservatives reveal an evidence-based, costed, joined-up education policy, consistent with a broad and publicly proclaimed vision, they cannot be taken seriously by educators, parents and their children, and potentially make themselves dangerous, would-be stewards of state education.

Helen Flynn, Campaign for State Education, Harrogate.

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