Sir Tom Hunter asks Nicola Sturgeon why English education reforms ignored

The Telegraph is reporting that Nicola Sturgeon has been asked why education reforms “that reduced the attainment gap in England” have not been adopted in Scotland. 

Sir Tom Hunter praised the freedom to innovate and academic success at academy schools south of the Border, which are outside local authority control, and asked the First Minister “why we wouldn’t give our kids a chance to have this?”

Speaking during a programme broadcast by BBC Scotland … Ms Sturgeon repeated her insistence that her drive to close the gulf between the best and worst state schools was not limited by political ideology.

But the First Minister has previously said she is not convinced that freeing schools from the control of Scotland’s 32 local authorities would help and she has instead focused on directing more public money to the councils with the worst-performing schools…

The businessman concluded at the end of the programme, which is titled BBC Scotland Investigates: Educating Sir Tom, that one model of schooling “doesn’t fit all” and questioned whether Scotland’s political leaders were “afraid” of taking the steps required.

He added: “I would say we’d be doing Scotland’s children a disservice if we were afraid.” …

In his interview with the First Minister at the conclusion of the half-hour programme, Sir Tom told Ms Sturgeon: “It seems to me there are innovations which we don’t have in Scotland. I just wonder why we wouldn’t give our kids a chance to have this.”…

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You can watch the BBC Scotland programme “Educating Sir Tom” on iPlayer


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  1. Perhaps Sturgeon is ignoring ‘reforms’ south of the border because the evidence is increasing that academization isn’t a magic bullet.

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