The education secretary was responding to yesterday’s speech by shadow education secretary Angela Rayner at Labour’s party conference in Liverpool. Tes reports.
In it, she said Labour would “immediately” end the academy and free schools programme, allow academies to return to local authorities, and “bring all publicly funded schools back into the mainstream public sector, with a common rulebook and under local democratic control”.
He Tweeted – “Labour’s plans to abolish academies and free schools would turn back the clock on the incredible progress we have seen in our education system in the last 8 years”
Mr Hinds wrote: “I’m sorry – but this is just plain wrong. The reforms of the last eight years show that autonomy and freedom in the hands of brilliant leaders and outstanding teachers can deliver an excellent education.”
He wrote that 500,000 children study in a good or outstanding sponsored academy, “which was typically a previously failing school”.
Mr Hinds added that almost half of free schools are in the 30 per cent most deprived areas in the country, and that last year secondary pupils in free schools made more progress on average than in other types of schools.
“There is a difference between opposing something for opposition’s sake and denying the good that reforms are doing because your tribal ideology stands in the way.”
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