Beyond Manifestos

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Beyond Manifestos

Publication Date: 2023

SSAT has always sought to champion the wisdom within the education system. With a general election on the horizon, there will be interesting debates about what manifestos should prioritise. This is not a manifesto. Nor does it pretend to have all of the answers.

This publication has this single question at its heart. Contributors were asked to share their thoughts on the priorities for the education system. However, what follows is not party political, nor does it seek to set out suggested actions for an incoming government. Instead, it offers a broader perspective on where we are and where change is needed. Education is, or should be, bigger than manifestos and policy cycles. As a profession, education is rich with principled, experienced and astute people who can offer informed views on what works. It is a privilege to share some of these views.

We would like to thank all of the contributors for taking the time to share their thoughts. You will hear from headteachers, leading academics and other friends of SSAT. The views expressed are varied, insightful and thoughtprovoking. We hope you will enjoy reading them as much as we have.

SSAT has been at the forefront of school improvement since 1987 and our mission has always been:
“That all students, whatever their ability or context, leave school fully prepared to lead fulfilled and purposeful lives.”

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