Sir Anthony Seldon writes in his Telegraph column that Nicky Morgan’s climbdown on academies could yet be her best decision as Education Secretary and the making of her period in office.
The plan would have been to have converted all 20,000 schools in England to academies; the oversight of this vast number could have turned into a nightmare if she had not pulled back.
Morgan has proved a much better Education Secretary than many thought. She has shown that she has steel, passion and judgement.
Morgan now needs to focus on secondary schools – the vast majority of which are already academies -and ensure that they are properly run and overseen to the benefit of pupils. Ensuring all secondaries become academies is a viable aim. Turning all primaries into academies can be left for another day.
She needs to find a sensible way forward on testing which is seen to be palpably fair and beneficial. Much more needs to happen in schools, beyond simply academic results, to develop skills among our young people that the 21st century workplace and society will demand.
What do you think? Do you agree with Sir Anthony? Does Nicky Morgan deserve more credit?
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