A ‘forgotten third’ of students fall short of achieving a Grade 4 in GCSE English and maths because of our system of comparable outcomes. This has to change, says Geoff Barton

It is likely, probably inevitable, that we will soon be engulfed by another General Election.

We have yet to see what the political parties will promise on education. It is a fair bet that the issue of funding will feature highly, and we are in a better place on this crucial matter than we have been for some time.

The current government’s commitment to an increased level of spending will not kick in until next year and, without being churlish, it is still short of what is needed (SecEd, 2019). But it is a step in the right direction.

Likewise, it is good news that the government has proposed an increase in starting salaries to £30,000. It will help make teaching more competitive and will aid recruitment at a time of an on-going recruitment crisis.

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