Union leader attacks 'survival of fittest' schools policy

The new leader of a major teaching union says children will lose out because the Government is pitting schools against each other in a policy based on "survival of the fittest".

Mark Baker, the new president of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) also claimed schools were being "encouraged to act like businesses...with children as the products".

Mr Baker hit out at what he called a "tick list culture" which meas teachers are issued directions by their schools, rather than being allowed to get on with their jobs.