Nicky Morgan: We will step up our school reforms so every child can thrive

Writing in the Telegraph, Nicky Morgan says the Conservatives will tackle failing and coasting schools with a new Bill in the Queen’s Speech. Here are some extracts…

…A lot has been achieved in our schools in recent years, not by government or politicians, but by thousands of teachers, governors and school leaders who embraced our plan for education and put it into effect…

However despite the progress we have made, far too many young people’s life chances are still determined by where they are born. Take one area of the North West. In Wirral, 60 per cent of young people achieve five or more A* to C grade GCSEs, including English and maths. But just across the River Mersey in Knowsley that number plummets to just 35 per cent…

So our big priorities will be to speed up the process for tackling failing schools; extend our academies programme to tackle ‘coasting’ schools; and deliver on our commitment to open new free schools.

First, we will take new powers to step in from the moment that a school is found to be failing. From day one, Regional Schools Commissioners will be able to bring in new leadership and support from other excellent schools and heads, and we will speed up the process of turning schools into academies to make sure that new expert leadership is found for all schools that need it as quickly as possible…

Second, we’ll introduce new powers to intervene not just in failing schools, but in coasting schools – with a clear message that it is not OK to be just above the level of failing.

These schools must improve too and will be put on immediate notice and required to work with our team of expert head teachers. Those that aren’t able to demonstrate a clear plan for improvement will be given new leadership – we know this works in turning schools around.

Third, we will make an immediate start on delivering our commitment to open 500 new free schools…

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What do you make of Nicky Morgan’s three priorities for schools as spelled out here?

It looks like the proposal for schools requiring improvement, or ‘coasting’ schools as Nicky Morgan refers to them, will be to get them in the first instance to work with a team of ‘expert head teachers’ to develop an improvement plan. Is this a sensible approach?

Is this a sensible approach?

And what of the powers for Regional Schools Commissioners to step in from day one – what impact will that have in practice? Lots more academisation?

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  1. 3Diassociates

    SchoolsImprove “A lot was achieved (by those) who embraced our plan for education”. (SoS) Nothing at all was achieved by those who didn’t.

  2. Morgan’s article contained dodgy stats and dubious rhetoric.  She also ignored evidence that academy conversion isn’t a magic bullet.  I wrote about it in more detail here: http://www.localschoolsnetwork.org.uk/2015/05/more-shaky-stats-and-ignored-evidence-from-morgan-and-a-promise-to-close-loopholes-which-allow-people-to-fight-academisation/

  3. @3Diassociates SchoolsImprove So any improvement is put down to those who ’embraced’ Gove’s policies!  But could such improvement be in spite of the policies, not because of them?

  4. @3Diassociates SchoolsImprove So any improvement is put down to those who ’embraced’ Gove’s policies!  But could such improvement be in spite of the policies, not because of them?

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