Nicky Morgan ready to listen to teachers

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?

13 thoughts on “Nicky Morgan ready to listen to teachers

  1. I can’t help but think that there’s an election coming up! Also, she’s not going to change anything but she’s willing to listen! Nothing new then!

  2. Does Nicky Morgan come from a teaching background? Probably not! Maybe it would be a refreshing change to see someone in charge of something quite important, like the education of our countries children to know a bit about the education profession?

  3. She needs to listen before deciding to continue with Gove’s policies then make an informed decision about what she should do. Gove has left a terrible legacy for education. As for those head teachers who think he is a great reformer, it is time to step out of the offices and into a classroom and remember what it is really about and then you will realise just how wrong the man has been.

  4. I just want to know how she intends to recommend we educate those kids that do not want to learn and continually disrupt the education of those who do… And what role should these kids actually be educated for….. She is an expert…right? Just like the previous ones?

  5. What does she means by unqualified teachers, if they are not qualified then they are no teachers and should not be called teachers. More free schools and academies why, is this because the government is unable to deal/run/supervise/etc school and just pass the bucket to again more unqualified staff. I can’t see a difference between Gove and Morgan, they come from the same pod.

  6. Scrap league tables.. Let’s go back to educating every learner on an individual path!
    League tables are not always a benchmark of success but cause headteachers and educators to withdraw learners from exams, schools as a way of preserving attainment and reputation.

    Allow teachers the scope to challenge underachievement and freedom to make curriculum more exciting and engaging! Not every child learns by a rote learned prescrtiptive examination!

  7. Will she stop changing the curriculum and allow the schools and teachers to make the curriculum suitable for kids. Can she bring back the lesson where students got practical training for jobs such as engineering, carpentry, car mechanics or home economics classes suitable for low ability. We have to wait and see.

  8. When Politicians and ex-educators alike spend half a term in today’s classroom, then maybe we will get a more experienced understanding and attitude towards what can be done in the field of education. So often expectations are based on equality of teaching and less on the support needed for children who find school alien to them. Families are struggling with lack of employment and the ability to put food on the table and we expect them to get their children to school on time and to cope with the pressures put upon their children to perform. Learning should be a joy not a means of gaining points! Primary education in particular should be a time to encourage a love of learning. From the time a child is born, it is marked against baseline information. By the time this child reaches 5, he or she already understands where they stand in the pecking order. What is the rush for 7/8 year olds to reach levels ordinarily expected of 10/11 year olds? and year 6 pupils to be working at a level ordinarily expected of those in senior school? We have lost the plot and forgotten we are the professionals and should be standing by what we believe, not be bullied through fear of failure to perform to individual political ideas and expectations. Look at other European examples! Are they doing so bad? Let primary be primary and encourage our children to become socially adept, confident and interested in learning. Stop the Stress!

  9. Just because Cameron has put a nice girl scout in charge of Education doesn’t mean the Tories and /or Gneu Labour aren’t going to stop meddling in teaching anymore !

    The sooner politicians are extracted from education the better education will be !

    I’m sick of all these suits and skirts from government and their hair-brained schemes ! Leave us alone and P-off !

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