This story recently caught my eye (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-18053619) about competition for state funding and a Government initiative to award £10,000 ‘pupil premium’ prize for schools that help pupils from poorer backgrounds.
I personally believe that competition for funding in a state run school system is completely divisive and likely to cause unrest within the teaching community.
I completely agree with Christine Blower, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, that ALL schools should be fully funded.
The Government needs to listen to representatives of the education sector. I think if the general secretary of the National Union of Teachers and the Deputy General Secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers fundamentally disagree with their policy then Government really ought to listen.
They understand education and the issues the sector faces and recognise the integral importance of a well rounded schooling for all pupils. Turning it into a competition will only exacerbate splits and divisions.
Tell me what you think!