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Shadow Education Secretary Stephen Twigg has said Labour would introduce an education oversight office to play a similar role as the Office of Budget Responsibility to the Treasury.
Speaking on the Today programme, Mr Twigg said: "What everyone in education says to me is there’s too much chopping and changing, a lot of people say to me there’s too much dogma". He argued the independent body would force the Secretary of State to fully justify their policies to parents and to Parliament.
A report has played down the Government’s claims that the UK is slipping down international league tables, saying there is no evidence for such arguments. Responding to the Institute of Education’s findings, Shadow Education Secretary Stephen Twigg said “David Cameron and Michael Gove should stop talking down our hard working pupils”.
Stephen Twigg has offered his qualified support for the Government's English baccalaureate. Labour's Shadow Education Secretary said it could reverse the decline in children studying languages, but also warned that it had a "whole set of negatives". This follows a report by social mobility charity the Sutton Trust which found that children from low income homes can be up to a year behind their more affluent contemporaries.
Stephen Twigg has attacked the "damaging effect" of selection in grammar schools. Writing exclusively for PoliticsHome, the Shadow Education Secretary says the Government should focus on raising wider standards rather than expanding the grammar school programme. He criticised the effect of the 11+ exam, arguing that "no child should feel that they have failed at the age of 11".
Shadow Education Secretary Stephen Twigg has lent his support to proposals which would mean children would be taught about gambling. Mr Twigg said that he supported such a policy, which has been supported by the gambling addiction charity GamCare, because it gives pupils "information to prepare them for the adult world".
Labour's new education spokesman has said that he backs the setting up of free schools, a dramatic shift of message from his predecessor. In an interview with the Liverpool Daily Post, Stephen Twigg said that Labour would back the Government's "schools revolution" as long a certain requirements were met.
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