Voucher system would be bureaucratic and unworkable

04 December 2013

Responding to the Centre for Market Reform of Education report published today promoting school vouchers as the way to improve the quality of schooling in the UK, ASCL Deputy General Secretary Malcolm Trobe said:

“Narrowing the achievement gap is hugely important but we need to focus on reforms that will actually make a difference to quality and equality in education. A voucher system is not the answer. We want every local school to be a good school and this is where politicians and think tanks should be focusing their efforts. The voucher system as described in the report looks completely bureaucratic and unworkable to implement.

“Countries that perform well in bringing about greater equality in education have well thought through strategies for allocating resources to where they are most needed. They also have running throughout their culture an absolute commitment to universal achievement and a belief that all students can achieve.”