• Covering black history is good teaching, says Gibb

    Good history teaching should “always include the contribution of black and minority ethnic people to Britain’s history”, the schools minister has said. Nick Gibb also told a parliamentary debate on the teaching of black history that he expected “more and more schools” to offer history students the chance to study migration and empire. Ministers are

    5.00 Sep. 20th, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: Schools to receive just 10 home testing kits each

    Schools and colleges will receive just 10 coronavirus home testing kits each, and should only use them in “exceptional circumstances”, the government has said. Gavin Williamson, the education secretary, announced in July that schools would receive a “small number” of kits to send home with children or staff who develop coronavirus symptoms, but would otherwise

    12.22 Aug. 26th, 2020 | News

  • Pupils in local lockdown areas 'will be returning to school in September', insists Gibb

    Pupils in areas currently under local lockdowns will return to school in September, the schools minister has insisted. Nick Gibb told the Today programme this morning that all children will be returning to school in September “including in those areas that are currently subject to a local lockdown”. But he admitted the government can’t “decree”

    10.59 Aug. 5th, 2020 | News

  • Ministers reject nine in 10 council bids to prop up high needs budget

    Councils have warned of soaring deficits and diminishing support for vulnerable pupils after ministers rejected nine in 10 bids to shore up high needs budgets with general school funds. The local councils of both education secretary Gavin Williamson and schools minister Nick Gibb are among 22 local authorities denied permission by Williamson to move cash

    11.02 Mar. 13th, 2020 | News

  • Government's 'obsession' with phonics is driven by need to help working-class white boys

    The underperformance of white working-class boys in England’s education system is what has driven the government’s “obsession” with reading and phonics, the schools minister has said. Nick Gibb told a Westminster Hall debate today that a belief that children’s educational background has more of an impact than their social or cultural background was the “essential philosophy”

    12.16 Feb. 12th, 2020 | News, Politics

  • Meet the team: Your guide to the new DfE ministerial line-up

    The Department for Education’s new ministerial team is now complete. Boris Johnson has finished his reshuffle after becoming Conservative leader and prime minister. Here’s your handy guide to who’s who on the seventh floor of Sanctuary Buildings.   Gavin Williamson Education secretary The MP for South Staffordshire since 2010, Williamson previously served as Theresa May’s

    15.12 Jul. 30th, 2019 | News

  • Ministers still relying on 'misleading' record funding claims

    Senior government ministers, including the prime minister, keep peddling the “misleading” line that “more money than ever before” is going to schools, despite mounting condemnation from the statistics watchdog. Theresa May, Damian Hinds, the education secretary, and Nick Gibb, the schools minister, are all repeat offenders, continuing to boast about the “record” levels of funding

    15.00 Jun. 7th, 2019 | News

  • Critics question winning bid for new model music curriculum

    The Department for Education has refused to say how many bids it received for a contract to write a new model music curriculum after the tender was awarded to an exam board with no classroom teaching expertise. Music teachers and academics are unhappy that the ABRSM, the exam board of the Royal Schools of Music,

    7.00 Mar. 1st, 2019 | News

  • Gibb calls for more attention on 'oracy' in knowledge-rich curriculum

    The schools minister wants oracy to receive more attention from schools with knowledge-rich curricula, alongside the more traditional “three Rs”. Nick Gibb said that “while there has been great public attention” on reading, writing and arithmetic, “little attention has been paid to the important role of oracy”. Speaking to the Parents and Teachers for Excellence

    5.00 Feb. 3rd, 2019 | News

  • Schools shut out from DfE music curriculum panel

    The government has come under fire for choosing just three serving school leaders for its 14-strong panel that will develop its new “model” music curriculum. Nick Gibb, the schools minister, announced the panel members on Friday, saying that they would develop a non-compulsory “sequenced and structured template” in music for key stages 1, 2 and

    5.00 Jan. 19th, 2019 | News

  • The Seldon List: OECD chief and schools minister top trad-dominated education influencers list

    Andreas Schleicher, the OECD’s education chief, Nick Gibb, the schools minister, and Amanda Spielman, the head of Ofsted, have topped a new list of the most influential people in education. The list, drawn up by Sir Anthony Seldon with the help of a panel of 20 educationists, is likely to be controversial as it dominated

    5.00 Jan. 11th, 2019 | News