General Election Statement 2019
The Election Statement sets out what Voice: The Union for Education Professionals believes should be the education and childcare priorities for the new government after the General Election.
- Provide sufficient funding for all schools that is distributed fairly to reflect the differences in school structure, size, catchment and phase of education.
- Fully fund the expansion of early years and childcare to ensure that all types of providers are sustainable.
- Ensure further and higher institutions and sixth forms are funded to sustainable levels.
- Commit to a school accountability system that has a clear purpose and promotes teacher agency.
- Review the purpose, value and necessity of reception baseline assessment, taking account of the impact on young children.
- Recognise and address all drivers of workload, across all phases of education – from nursery to tertiary.
- Commit to a strategy to enable all education professionals to achieve wellbeing through work-life balance.
Recruitment and Retention
- Develop and implement an effective strategy to recruit and retain qualified teachers.
- Implement an early years and childcare workforce strategy that is supported by a clear pathway and national pay structure.
- Recognise and value teaching assistants and commit to professional standards for teaching assistants in school and colleges, supported by a national pay and conditions structure.
5 December 2019