Headteachers Roundtable: 4 Key Proposals For The Election
Last week, the Headteachers Roundtable published their 2019 Election Manifesto. This time around, the focus is on securing much-needed funding, developing amazing teachers and protecting vulnerable children. The entire manifesto is available here if you’d like to read the whole thing. Otherwise keep reading below to see four key proposals!
Get Rid Of “Bureaucratic” EHCPs
The Roundtable has suggested scrapping the “bureaucratic, costly and time inefficient” creation of education and health care plans. Instead of the EHCPs, they would like to see a mandatory “assessment of best provision”. This would allow children to get the “best possible education and care”.
Under this proposal, a new system would focus specifically on funding special needs provisions. This would be via a high needs funding formula as opposed to attaching a certain amount of money to each child and a list of the different things they should receive.
Ensure That Excluded Pupils Are Included In Results
This was a major recommendation in the recent Timpson review. It calls for the results of excluded pupils to stay on the record of the school they were excluded from. They say the current system, where the outcome is on the school the child attends at the end of year 6 or 11, is the “root cause of some unethical behaviour”.
The Roundtable want peer review and evaluation instead of school inspections. They also favour scrapping key stage 1 SATs (another Labour proposal). Key stage 2 SATs scores “should no longer be public record”.
Provide A 10-Year Funding Plan
This would be similar to the funding deal the government has agreed for the NHS, and the group has put their support behind it. Robert Halfon, chair of the education committee has been extremely vocal about this proposal. He said it is “inexplicable and astonishing” that the health service has a ten-year funding and strategic plan but the education sector doesn’t.
The HTRT said a ten-year budget, from 2020-2030, must “reverse the real-term reduction in budgets and provide additional funding to meet the needs of our children”.
Sabbaticals And A Fully-Funded Masters For All Teachers
One of the most prominent proposals as far as teacher training goes is a fully-funded Masters degree available to each teacher. Furthermore, the group suggests a tenth-year sabbatical to “enhance current understanding or experiences relevant to developing further subject-specific knowledge or pedagogical research or technical expertise”. It states all trainees should also receive a bursary. This must be repaid in full if they go on to leave the profession within eight years.
So there you have it, the Headteachers Roundtable key proposals going into the general election. But as always, we’d love to know what you think so drop us a comment and let us know!
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