It is now open season on the Education Secretary, as it will continue to be until he resigns, is moved – or is sacked.
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Daniel Hannan: Politicians can’t win. When they don’t give us what we want, we protest. And when they then do, we carry on.
These are the same elected representatives the whom we insisted should “step back and trust the professionals”.
The Education Secretary must lead school openings in less than a month. Which is why his Department needs new leadership now.
Johnson will almost certainly decide to tough it out. But he will have a big problem if school returns prove tricky.
Phil Taylor: When 88 per cent of students got their first choice university place on results day, was a U-turn really necessary?
Ofqual came up with a technical solution to a complex problem, and yet it was not able to convince the rest of the education sector to back its judgement.
The Education Secretary says that Ofqal were frequently asked to confirm that results would not be unfair.
“The critical thing is that as many young people as possible at least start at their destination of choice.”
Many will now be asking whether Williamson is in a position to lead the crucial return to school in only a few weeks time.
He has seen the SNP hold out for a week before swallowing teachers’ impossibly rosy predicted grades in full – and clearly thinks he can do better.
John Bald: The lack of merit in A-level grading shows a misplaced belief in the power of statistical modelling
We can expect hard cases to make headlines, and universities to do what they can, to mitigate the most obvious injustices.
Also: Johnson makes ‘plea for the Union’ as he orders ministers to make more visits to Scotland and prevent the SNP taking credit for UK Government policies.
We have worked with Ofqual to put in place the best possible system.
Kieran Cooke: Yes, schools have been challenged by Covid-19. But they have also shown a tremendous ability to innovate.
Coronavirus has accelerated progress in the use of technology in education at a rate that was not imagined prior to the crisis.
Mo Metcalf-Fisher: “Pubs versus schools” doesn’t need to be an either-or scenario in reopening Britain
It’s been suggested that choices need to be made about which businesses should close first, but this isn’t fair to the country’s publicans.
The Prime Minister will be rejected by the aspirational working class that voted for him in large numbers if he cannot win this battle.
There has even been opposition to providing on-line lessons. The closure of schools is further fracturing our already divided society.