Five Policy Papers for the General Election 2015

A Great Education for All

The Headteachers’ Roundtable think-tank launches


from its

Education Election Manifesto 2015


The Headteachers’ Roundtable think-tank launches FIVE POLICY PAPERS from its Education Election Manifesto 2015 in order to influence the national education policies of the major political parties.


We want our FIVE POLICY PAPERS from our Education Election Manifesto 2015 to stimulate discussion around these key policy areas:

  • The Royal College of Teaching

  • A National Baccalaureate

  • Intelligent accountability

  • Coherence in a fragmented system

  • Tackling underachievement at the source



We believe that the education policy priorities for the next parliament must be focused upon continuously improving the quality of teaching in our schools.

At the heart of our Education Election Manifesto is the belief that only great teaching will make our country’s education system great.

It’s that simple.


Media contacts:

General media enquiries in the first instance should go to John Tomsett:

Tel: 07824 535808; email:; Twitter: @johntomsett

Each policy paper details its specific media contact.



7 thoughts on “Five Policy Papers for the General Election 2015

  1. governingmatters February 17, 2015 at 8:43 am Reply

    Thank you for posting this.

    I’m a governor and therefore interested in accountability. School managements are accountable to their governing bodies. If this relationship works well then that’s the first step in accountability. DfE, Ofsted and yes schools too need to help governing bodies perform their statutory duty of holding the head to account. We would like investment from DfE to provide training to governors. As a minimum, induction training should be made mandatory for all governors (including heads and staff governors). We would like Ofsted to invest in training inspectors in governance. Ofsted is talking with NGA in this regard. We would like this dialogue to continue and result in a robust training programme for inspectors. We would also like governance to be made a mandatory part of headteacher training. If all heads and SLT understood that they are accountable to their governing bodies and that it is not “us and them” then we will start getting intelligent accountability.

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  3. Tom Sherrington February 22, 2015 at 11:30 am Reply

    Thanks for posting. I think I can be reasonably confident in suggesting that HTRT members all work closely with their Governing Bodies. It is implicit in our thinking that ‘school’ means ‘school led by a Headteacher and their Governors’ – which explains why we haven’t separated governance as an issue in most of our proposals; it hasn’t emerged as a critical area separate from the rest. However, there is a specific suggestion in the fifth paper to support the recruitment of governor expertise where it is lacking. I think we are all critically aware of our accountability to governors; it’s embedded in our experience as Heads. TS.

    • governingmatters February 22, 2015 at 12:34 pm Reply

      Thank you, Tom for replying. I’m sure HTRT members work in close partnership with their GB’s. In fact, I know they do from reading their blogs, comments on Twitter etc. But this isn’t the case of all GB’s. Relationships do break down and tge cause of this breakdown is not only heads. GB’s and governors in many cases contribute to the breakdown. This is why governors are keen for good quality training to be made available to all governors and be made mandatory.
      I also know that HTRT members appreciate the part played by governors in school leadership but many people, especially those outside schools, don’t. As this policy statement will, hopefully, be widely read it would be helpful to mention governors as part of the leadership team.
      There is already a system in place to provide help to GB’s which are struggling. This is done through support provided by NLG’s. Recriutment is a problem which SGOSS, Inspiring Governors and NGA amongst others are doing a great deal to solve.

      This is a fascinating discussion and one which I think would be useful to all of us who are working to provide the best education we can to our children. Not may be an idea to involve NGA in this discussion.

      • governingmatters February 22, 2015 at 12:35 pm

        Sorry, typo.

        It may be an idea to involve NGA in this discussion.

  4. Abby King March 16, 2015 at 8:34 pm Reply

    Thank you for posting a coherent, clear and forward thinking set of strategies for the future of education in our country. I really appreciate the hard work that has gone into these papers and it gives me hope for our future.

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