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News - 12 January 2015

Schools are being damaged by political interference

The Vice-chancellor of Reading University, and former Ofsted chief, Sir David Bell, has stated that efforts to improve England's education system are being undermined by short-term political pressures.

Sir David, in a speech to the Association of Science Education's annual conference, warns that constant political interference and policy changes are barriers to raising standards in school.

Liz Kennett, Audit and Accounts Manager of ABDS, and a Schools and Charities specialist comments:
“Sir David says there should be no more major changes to the curriculum, qualifications or structural changes to schools during the course of the next Parliament, and he wants an independent body to set long-term policy, separated from the shifting demands of party politics.”

In his speech, Sir David criticised political interventions in higher education and the government's policy on teacher training. He also called for local autonomy for schools rather than "top-down tinkering and intervention" from ministers and civil servants.

If you need any help and advice with Free Schools, Academy Schools or Charities, contact Lavinia Newman, Peter Ham or Liz Kennett now to discuss how ABDS can help bring their experience to these matters.

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