The Conservatives have achieved much in school reform, but there is still a lot more to do.
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Steve Mastin: Here’s how our next Prime Minister can carry forward the Conservative education agenda
We have achieved so much, but there is more to do. Let’s overhaul inspections, expand the E-Bacc, and boost school funding.
Michael Gove: I have shown in government that I deliver. And as Prime Minister, I will deliver Brexit – and stop Corbyn.
My experience – mastering those detailed briefs, winning support, driving through reform – leaves me in the best position to achieve Brexit.
The first writer in our mini-series is concerned that the Conservative education policy is at risk of neglecting the important lessons of the Gove years.
Interview. “Look, this is a Christian country”, says Hinds. But he adds that the cap on new faith schools’ admissions should stay.
At times, says the Education Secretary, the post he holds requires “a bold and vociferous and constant presence”. But “at other times less so”.
Sponsored Post: Kevin Courtney: Ministers should accept the independent pay review body to increase teachers pay
Teacher supply is in crisis. Recruitment targets are not being met – in some key subjects they are being woefully missed.
Festus Akinbusoye: Ministers must clamp down on schools which misuse exclusion as a tool to raise exam pass rates
Bright but disruptive pupils are allowed to stay while less able but equally troublesome children are dumped. It is illegal, but it happens nonetheless.
Where children are scared to go to school, their parents are being threatened with truancy action and given the option to home educate.
WATCH: “This is proceeding at the proper pace” – Hinds denies that he is pushing too fast on T-levels
“We started this process a couple of years ago, there’s still two years and four months before teaching will begin”, the Education Secretary argues.
Voluntary-aided status works both for Catholic schools and everyone else. Furthermore, lifting the cap from new institutions could have had unexpected consequences.
Today’s announcements are extremely cautious. Some of this is justified, some less so, but it makes a stark contrast to the Gove era.
James Frayne: The Home Office is famously hard to run, but Rudd might have survived had she had a better grip on it
In my experience of departmental life, it will take at least six months before we can judge Javid’s management.