The Tes reports that education secretary says current system makes good teachers think twice about going to schools where they are needed. But she denies existence of forced academisation.
The education secretary was speaking this morning at the Sutton Trust’s Social Mobility Summit 2017.
She said: “We do need to move away from a perception of a reliance on a pure punitive intervention approach. We need to, moreover, move towards a culture of having the right support in the right places at the right time, and I think for too long our strategy hasn’t had that breadth to it, and perhaps that clarity around it.
She said this did not mean she planned to change the system of floor standards used to identify failing schools.
The Education and Adoption Act 2016 clearly contradicts Ms Greening’s assertion that “we don’t have forced academisation”. The legislation states that the education secretary “must make an academy order” for any maintained school in England that Ofsted deems “inadequate”.
The Department for Education later said the secretary of state was referring to previously abandoned plans to force all schools to become academies, rather than legislation that requires individual under-performing schools to become academies.
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