The Labour Party’s National Policy Forum (NPF) recently issued a draft document on the development of a National Education Service (NES). The SEA would like as many people as possible to get involved in developing a radical alternative to the Tory government’s divisive, underfunded and fragmented policies. You can access the document as a member via the Party website and then upload your comments. The SEA would also like to hear from you at: email@example.com
Please join us in in responding to these questions contained in the document:
• What should a National Education Service be for and what values should it and the draft charter embody?
• What amendments, if any, should be made to the principles outlined in the draft Charter for the National Education Service?
• What additional principles should be considered for the Charter of the NES?
• What barriers currently exist to cooperation between education institutions, and what
steps can be taken to remove them and ensure that cooperation is a central principle of
our education system?
• Through which channels and mechanisms should the public be able to hold educational
institutions to account, and how should this vary across different educational bodies?
• What steps can be taken to reduce the fragmentation of the education system, and to
move towards an approach that is integrated and promotes lifelong learning?
• What steps can be taken, in particular with relation to qualifications and staffing levels, to improve the quality of early years education?
• What steps can be taken to achieve genuine parity of esteem between academic and
vocational/technical education, and to improve outcomes for those young people who
do not choose to follow what is seen as the traditional academic route?
• What steps can be taken to ensure that the NES has the staff it needs, in particular with
reference to the ongoing crisis in teacher recruitment and retention?
• What steps can be taken, at both the training stage and during continuing professional
development (CPD), to ensure that teachers and support staff have the knowledge and
resources they need to teach the whole curriculum? For instance, with reference to
mandatory, age-appropriate relationships and sex education (RSE) and personal, social
and health education (PSHE).