The Times is claiming that Michael Gove ally Sir Anthony Seldon has suggested his successor Nicky Morgan might not be up to the job (although he doesn’t appear to have actually used those words)…
In a column in the paper on what he describes as an “arms race” between Nicky Morgan and Tristram Hunt over the issue of character, Sir Anthony is quoted as saying of Morgan that “She came to the job knowing little about schools and with no great interest in education. Unlike Gove, she is busy nursing a marginal seat. A big ask for anyone, let alone with only nine months in post before a probable departure at the election.”
He goes on to make the point that if either Nicky Morgan or Tristram Hunt is to succeed in encouraging schools to develop rounded, resilient citizens they must be prepared to embrace far more radical approaches than either they, or Michael Gove, have supported so far. In particular, he advocates a greater role for the independent sector.
The Times claims that Sir Anthony’s comments come amid what it describes as ‘jitters’ among supporters of Mr Gove’s school reforms over the future direction of Conservative policy, such as a push by some Tories for more grammar schools.
More at: Gove’s replacement Nicky Morgan ‘not up to the job’, says Sir Anthony Seldon (subscription may be required)
See also Sir Anthony’s column from the Times: Build character and you close the class divide (subscription may be required)
Is the Times making a mountain out of a molehill here or is this evidence of infighting over the future of education policy within the Conservative party? Please give us your take in the comments or via Twitter…
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