Maxed Out: Dr Tim Hands, Chairman of HMC, looks ahead to the party conference season

In Attain magazine, 10/09/13, Dr Tim Hands, Master of Magdalen College School Oxford and Chairman of HMC (the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference), questions whether the party conference season will see politicians consider the real issues facing education or whether they will just sugarcoat them.

Happy New Year. Or will it be? For whatever the spring in our stride as we all return to school, soon politicians will be starting up on their conference season. I fear an external appearance of saccharine-sweet optimism masking many concealed, unpalatable and largely unspoken facts. As usual, education will be one of the main themes, a political football stroked about the pitch, with lots of skilful passing, but rarely a shot on target, and certainly no referee – let alone extra officials – in sight to ensure fair play...

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