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Thatcher's verdict;NAHT Conference

THE Government lacks long-term vision, said Chris Thatcher, NAHT president.

Mr Thatcher, head of Potter's Green primary in Coventry, told the conference that reviews of the national curriculum and exams had only scratched the surface. Plans to reform the profession mixed far-sightedness with politically naive and dogmatic views.

"Education is the greatest mechanism for change that we have. It doesn't work in the short-term way that politicians demand."

Labour had done much for schools since coming to power but he added:

"Schools should not be funded according to the ability to fill in a bid successfully or on the vagaries of a local government system of such complexity and diversity."

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