Former Daventry teacher takes over as president of head teachers’ union

Tony Draper
Tony Draper

A teacher who was deputy head at St James Infant School in Daventry ha been chosen as president of the head teachers’ union.

Tony Draper, who taught in Northamptonshire schools between 1985 and 2000 took up his post at National Association of Headteacher’s (NAHT) annual conference in Liverpool at the beginning of May and will serve as president until May 2016.

Mr Draper taught at Duston Eldean Lower and Thorplands Schools before moving to Daventry’s St James Infant as deputy head.

Speaking about his new role, Mr Draper said: “It’s an honour to lead NAHT. We have put children at the heart of our efforts to work with the government on raising standards in education and I’m passionate about continuing that work as president this year.

“Our pre-election survey of over two thousand of our members showed that the majority of them are providing more help and support to disadvantaged families than they were five years ago.

“While the government has promised to maintain education spending in line with increasing pupil numbers over the next five years, we know that there will be huge cuts to other public services that families rely on heavily.

“We know that schools are already picking up the pieces and we fear that there’s worse to come.

“NAHT is asking the government for more honesty about where the cuts will fall, and to listen to our ideas for alternative solutions to the problems in education.

“Cuts in funding hit disadvantaged families the hardest but there is cash in the system to help out.

The Pupil Premium is worth £1300 per child. We have seen how registration for this has fallen in some schools as a result of the introduction of universal free school meals for infants.

“We would like the government to adopt our proposals for data sharing between government departments.

“Somebody, somewhere in Whitehall knows who is eligible. Passing on that information would stop poor families from having to cope with the stigma of coming forward, and ease the burden of workload on schools who are having to find other ways to make sure poorer children aren’t missing out.”