The TES is reporting that Nicky Morgan has told an education conference that changing the status of schools to academies will give the government “much swifter powers” to intervene if they fail…
The education secretary said today that her department did “not hesitate to intervene in academies that are failing”.
“We as a department have much swifter powers to do that than we do in local authority maintained schools, which can often languish for more than an academic year in special measures and that’s not fair on the children in those schools,” she added.
Ms Morgan said it would be unfair on children if the government avoided intervening in failing local authority schools…
During her speech Ms Morgan said schools should focus on stretching their most able students because “true social justice” meant “enabling the very brightest to jump from Bs to As, just as it does getting others from Ds to Cs.”
She said that there should be a “whole-school approach to character education” because this would help children to “become decent, happy, well-balanced citizens…”
How do you react to the suggestion from Nicky Morgan that academisation works because it then gives the government more powers to intervene (rather, I presume she means, than necessarily being a solution in its own right)?
Is this a change of emphasis in the reasoning behind the moves to make more schools into academies?
And what of the comments on stretching the most able students and character education?
The full TES article also gives an interesting response from the education secretary to a question from a Year 5 student about the potentially negative impact of testing.
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