Poll position: An education to-do list for the next government

The general election is a chance for politicians of all shades to prioritise education – and the to-do list is certainly in need of some attention, says Paul Whiteman
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With a general election almost here, there will be a clamour for all sorts of issues to be front and centre of the national debate. Few are more important than children’s education.

It is vital for their learning and social development, shaping their lives and vocations in adulthood, and contributing to the country’s future economic prosperity.

However, it feels as though education has long been sidelined. This must change, and our election manifesto (NAHT, 2024) urges all political parties to prioritise education in their campaigns.

Both secondary and primary schools are facing crises on several fronts, from staff recruitment and retention to support for students with SEND and building safety.

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