Get angry, headteachers. No party seems to care about education | Fiona Millar

At least Blair and Gove kept schools top of the agenda – education barely features at party conferences now

It says much about the party conference season that the most arresting education news of last month was the headteacher march on Downing Street over school funding. The 2,000 or so heads were unfairly criticised for being “relentlessly reasonable”, a tactic that was probably wise from their point of view, especially as many acknowledged the personal conflict involved in taking protest action on a school day.

But their attempts to puncture the relentless myth that more money going into education means more money for schools at a time of soaring costs and increasing pupil numbers, at least made a clear point about current political realities.

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