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News - 16 June 2014

All schools must follow core curriculum
Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg has said all English schools should have qualified teachers and follow a core curriculum, and this would appear in his party's manifesto at the 2015 general election.
 
Tonmoy Kumar, Manager of the Accounts Department of ABDS and an active school governor comments:
“Currently, staff at academies and free schools are not required to have formal teaching qualifications and have broad control over the curriculum, but they must provide "broad and balanced" teaching, including maths, English, science and some religious education.”
 
The Lib Dem announcement comes in the wake of an Ofsted investigation into 21 Birmingham schools, prompted by an anonymous letter alleging that Islamic extremists had plotted to take them over - claims the schools have denied.
 
Mr Clegg has said the 2015 party manifesto would include a "parental guarantee", meaning that all teachers must be qualified or working towards a qualification.
"Liberal Democrats want more teachers and schools to enjoy freedom from Whitehall diktats. But that does not mean parents and children should not have some basic safeguards.”
 
Mr Clegg's announcement brings his party into closer alignment with Labour, which says staff at academies and free schools should have qualified status.
 
A Conservative Party source said: "We are taking power away from politicians and bureaucrats in Whitehall and handing it to heads and teachers, as they are the ones who know their pupils best."
 
If you need any help and advice with Free Schools, Academy Schools or Charities, contact Lavinia Newman or Peter Ham now to discuss how ABDS can help bring their experience to these matters.
 
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