She’s been Education Secretary for less than a fortnight, but Nicky Morgan is already building bridges with the teaching profession.
When Michael Gove lost his role as Education Secretary in David Cameron’s reshuffle, a statement to Parliament about consultations on the next steps of his curriculum reforms was put on hold, the Guardian reports.
The next day a rewritten version appeared under Nicky Morgan’s name which included a new teacher-friendly paragraph: “The consultation is an opportunity for teachers, further and higher education employers and all those with an interest in these important subjects to provide their views,” it stated. “We intend to listen to those views in shaping our final proposals.”
Although Ms Morgan has made it clear that she will follow Michael Gove’s plans to expand free schools, support unqualified teachers and keep his changes to the exam system, teaching unions welcomed the “wholly different tone” of the revised statement. ATL’s Mary Bousted said she was taken aback by her willingness to engage with teachers: “It’s just so refreshing to see that this consultation will be opened to teachers, and to hear that ministers now want a dialogue,” she said. “Hopefully these are not just warm words and we will be able to actually work together. But it has to be welcomed, because Gove never wanted to listen to what anyone else thought, as he knew he was always right.”
Although teachers celebrated Mr. Gove’s demotion, in a letter to the Sunday Times 76 leading headteachers and education experts bemoaned his departure and praised him as a “great reformer” who made “important and brave strides” to improve standards.
Do you welcome Nicky Morgan’s more positive approach to teachers? Do you think it’s more than “just warm words” and that she really wants a dialogue?