We call for the establishment of an independent education policy commission made up of leaders from the education sector, the business community and the research community, producing written reports with research-informed recommendations for policymakers, the Minister and the Education Committee firmly based on professional consensus which should take precedence over party-political positions.
- Children and young people need a broad and balanced curriculum which focuses on skills development as well as academic excellence and prepares them for life.
- Young people need a stake in society. The transition from school to tertiary education and work must be helped through financial support and excellent independent careers information and guidance.
- Public money for the education of children and young people should not be used to segregate young people where that is not their choice.
- Education professionals need better initial education and a better working life with a contractual right to Continuous Professional Development.
- Teachers need an end to excessive working hours and the creation of a genuine career path through a fair pay structure.
- Schools need a proper accountability system based on collaboration and support, with local inspection arrangements and a new role for ETI.