Where do we stand?
Education debates in this country are often lively and mostly polarised. The media thrives on, and to a great extent needs, robust argument and adversarial comment but has less space for identifying where there is agreement and consensus. However, there are many issues in education where there is substantive agreement between the political parties, where consensus has developed and been sustained over time. One such area is in the shared understanding that good heads, teachers and schools can help others to raise standards and improve outcomes and that the skills to improve the system lie within the system itself. Politicians, across the board, want schools to take more responsibility for themselves and each other in delivering a true self-improving school system. The All party Education Select Committee, in its recent report on school partnerships and co-operation, reflected the established consensus that high quality collaboration through…
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