We’ve long been aware of Tricia Kelleher’s willingness to speak truth to power and we’ve quoted extensively from a previous article she wrote about the government’s education ‘reforms’:
Speaking Truth to Power – Gove’s Parallel Universe
We’ve also enjoyed a visit to the Stephen Perse Foundation primary school and had a wide-ranging conversation with Tricia and her colleagues.
In her latest blog post Tricia says, “In this haste to whip the state sector into shape, I beg Ms Morgan to just take a moment to reflect on her language of discourse. Education should not be a battlefield with the person who is ultimately responsible for our schools speaking disparagingly about leaders in schools if they fail to meet a target set by Ofsted. I do not deny that there are probably many issues which require addressing, but to be sending in the educational equivalent of the SAS to pull a school up by its boot-strings has more than a whiff of a Hollywood Blockbuster about it. Indeed this belief in the efficacy of hired guns is John Wayne in a suit armed with data.”
Please take a few moments to read the rest of the post. We hope it encourages many more headteachers, teachers and parents to get involved in a national discussion about our education system and about the ways in which our government intends to direct and shape it.
Ms Nicky Morgan has been unleashed! Following the re-election of the Conservatives as the sole party of government, untrammelled by their Liberal Democrat coalition partner, the true-blue agenda for education has been unveiled by the Secretary of State. For Ms Morgan the solution to “raising standards” in our schools is an even greater dose of Gove’s academies and free schools. Her zeal is such that she plans to strip away the right of local councils to challenge forced academisation. Indeed, she goes further, planning to deliver on an earlier promise to sack Heads and Governors who fail to improve standards in “coasting” schools.
Where to begin with this radical declaration of intent from the Secretary of State for Education? Ms Morgan certainly means business and has a forensic focus on next steps. Like every politician, she needs to be “doing”. Yet in this haste to whip the state sector into…
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