Michael Gove’s successor is taking over at a time of continuing unrest in the teaching profession. What can we expect from Nicky Morgan?
After studying law at Oxford University, Nicky Morgan worked as a solicitor from 1994 until her election as the Conservative MP for Loughborough in 2010. In April she was appointed Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Minister for Women, the BBC reports.
Ms Morgan is married with a son. A committed Christian, she voted against the motion for same-sex marriage in February, although she supports gay civil partnerships. “There have been plenty of little changes down the years but what’s never been changed is the fact that marriage is between a man and a woman,” she said.
She is looking forward to the challenges ahead of her: “I am delighted to become Education Secretary and continue as Minister for Women and Equalities. I know that education can be the single greatest transformer of lives. It is also part of this government’s long-term plan,” she said. “I look forward immensely to working alongside parents, teachers and schools to ensure we have world-class schools and the skills that will get our young people great jobs.”
Educational consultant Robbie O’Driscoll commented: “Nicky Morgan will hopefully bring a rebalance and harmonisation to what has been a turbulent period for Michael Gove. It’s no shock that David Cameron prized Michael Gove, but this bold move is surely to appease the ever increasing political disconnect between teachers and their unions passing no-confidence motions in Michael Gove, which led to them calling for his resignation. It’s clever political maneuvering to bring in what appears to be an unknown, but what is clear is that Ms. Morgan will be more conciliatory and less provocative than Michael Gove. With her extensive legal background she will clearly be a shrewd negotiator.”
Do you welcome Nicky Morgan’s appointment as Education Secretary? What do you think she will bring to the role?