In the News

February 2019

PAY: A good spot by the Observer last weekend, who noticed a passing acknowledgement in the Government’s submission to the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) which said that teachers had suffered real terms cuts to pay. Mary was quoted, pulling apart Damian Hinds’ disingenuous comparison with the worsening of private sector pay.

HOLIDAY FINES: A Press Association story, published Monday, shows a big rise in parents prosecuted for their child’s truancy. Mary was quoted saying that fines can have a detrimental effect on the relationship between schools and families. This has appeared in many regional titles over the course of the week, for example here.

EXAMS: The Chair of the Education Select Committee, Robert Halfon, made a useful intervention this week about the future of the school examination system. Kevin was quoted in Children & Young People Now, and our full press release is here. Kevin also commented on a similar call for change by the president of the Royal Society (BBC).

CEO PAY: Lord Agnew has written to 28 academy trusts over concerns about excessive CEO pay. Mary was quoted in the Independent saying that it is time Government sorted out this outrageous free-for-all.

FUNDING: Another news agency story concerned the chronic shortage of funding, which is leading to bigger class sizes and schools unable to recruit teachers and support staff. Mary was quoted, for example here.