• Less of a U-turn and more of a Z-turn

    Do you remember last Saturday? It was boiling hot and the world was sunny – not least because Nicky Morgan had announced on Friday afternoon she wouldn’t be making all schools into academies after all. Except, it wasn’t that straightforward. (It never is). At 6.30am on Saturday I therefore found myself explaining to listeners of

    5.00 May. 13th, 2016 | Opinion

  • Government u-turns on forced academisation plan

    The government has abandoned plans to force all schools to become academies, the government has confirmed. This is a u-turn on proposals announced in the budget and developed in the education white paper. It comes in the wake of threats of strikes by teachers and school leaders in opposition to the plans. Nicky Morgan, the education secretary, has

    15.14 May. 6th, 2016 | News

  • No academies u-turn announcement as Morgan dodges questions

    Questions about the future role of local authorities in schools went unanswered as Nicky Morgan faced a grilling from MPs about plans to convert all schools into academies. During education question time in the Commons this afternoon, the education secretary dodged several questions about reports that councils could be given the right to set up multi-academy

    15.52 Apr. 25th, 2016 | News

  • What would make an all-academy system work?

    The schools landscape could look very different from how it does today, quite quickly, if the government’s vision for all schools to become academies comes to fruition. Professor Toby Salt examines what would make a universally academised system work, in terms of school organisation, management and conversion. 1. It’s time to trust If (and it

    12.00 Apr. 17th, 2016 | Opinion

  • 'It's all about the money': The REAL reason behind forced academisation

    Why are the Conservatives intent on making every school into an academy? It’s not about standards, it’s all about the money, writes Mike Cameron. It is becoming clear to anyone with even a passing understanding of the issues that academisation is not a universal panacea that cures all of a schools ills. The evidence we

    19.44 Apr. 14th, 2016 | Opinion

  • Morgan: 'No reverse gear' over academisation plans

    Although education secretary Nicky Morgan faced a relatively polite reception at the NASUWT conference, a few of her comments prompted teachers to shout and laugh at her. Ms Morgan, the first Conservative education minister to speak at the event in almost 20 years, was heckled by one delegate when she spoke about children “suffering” in

    11.05 Mar. 26th, 2016 | News

  • Teachers could strike over plan to make all schools academies

    Teachers could strike over plans to turn all schools into academies, a leading teaching union has said. The leadership of the National Union of Teachers has confirmed that wording of a priority motion being worked up for its annual conference in Brighton this weekend will include room for debate about industrial action. Proposals which will

    14.04 Mar. 25th, 2016 | News

  • Morgan to be grilled by MPs over white paper academies plan

    Education secretary Nicky Morgan will be grilled by MPs over her plans for education next month. Ms Morgan will appear in front of the House of Commons education committee on Wednesday April 27 to answer questions about her educational excellence everywhere white paper, which was released last week. Plans in the document to turn every state

    11.48 Mar. 24th, 2016 | News

  • The Education Excellence Everywhere White Paper: Everything you need to know

    Nicky Morgan today revealed her white paper for education to drive “Education Excellence Everywhere”. Here is everything you need to know:   Recruitment Looks like we have some sort of recognition about the teacher recruitment problems. The paper says recruiting is becoming more difficult and the government “recognise the challenge is increasing” 1. The National

    11.03 Mar. 17th, 2016 | News