John Tomsett: ‘We have to get back to supporting teachers to be better at their job.’ Photograph: Gary Calton


The Guardian’s Fiona Miller, specialising in education and parenting issues, looks into the ways in which “alternative election manifestos” aim to influence education policy in the run up to the election. Authors reviewed range from the right of centre think tank Policy Exchange, to left-leaning pressure groups such as New Visions for Education and Compass, the teacher unions and professional bodies.

One of the issues that preoccupies every group is the reform of Ofsted. Absent are issues around diversity, choice, school type or government mandated structural reform.

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