The Tories aren’t wasting any time after winning the UK general election and gaining an outright majority.
First order of business is whacking the teacher unions and their protection of dead head teachers and principals.
The Conservatives have opened a new front in their war with teachers’ unions and Labour politicians who are trying to block radical education reforms, promising to change the law to force through hundreds of new academy schools.
Nicky Morgan, the Education Secretary, announced plans to intervene immediately in failing state schools, warning that it is “unacceptable” for children to be given inadequate teaching for even one day after failings have been identified.
Writing for The Telegraph, she said an Education Bill in the Queen’s Speech next week would give her new powers to send in hit squads to replace failing school leaders “from day one”.
In a further move, she declared she would accelerate plans to turn hundreds of struggling primaries and comprehensives into semi-independent academies, and open 500 more “free schools”, despite militant opposition from teachers’ unions and Left-wing councils.
The proposals represent a major escalation of the Conservative Party’s battle with the education establishment, after Michael Gove’s free school and academy reforms infuriated union bosses throughout the last parliament.
At Westminster, the plan will be seen as a clear signal of David Cameron’s intent to use his new Tory majority to pursue “true blue” policies, unhindered by being in coalition with the Liberal Democrats. Read more »