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Union calls for focus on frontline learning; NEWS IN BRIEF.

WALES' education system needs to be streamlined and more focused on frontline learning, according to a leading union.

The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) Cymru believes it is in the best interests of children to support, train and trust school staff to improve classroom performance.

In its pre-election manifesto, the union acknowledges current shortfalls in Wales' education system, but warns against a "punitive" and "destructive" accountability structure of tests, targets and tables.

Instead, it calls for a more transparent flow of money to the frontline and a determination from the Assembly Government to close the pounds 604 funding gap per pupil that exists between Wales and England.

Anna Brychan, director of NAHT Cymru, said: "We know that the Welsh education system is facing a number of challenges, not least a shrinking public service spending pot over the next few years. We also know that we need to do more to improve educational outcomes in Wales overall. What matters at school level is the quality of teaching and leadership."
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Apr 16, 2011
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