Nick Gibb took part in a Q&A at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers conference in Liverpool [Image: Alastair Johnstone/SWNS.com for the Guardian].

Nick Gibb took part in a Q&A at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers conference in Liverpool [Image: Alastair Johnstone/SWNS.com for the Guardian].


He got what he deserved.

It’s amazing that these Tories think they can hoodwink highly-intelligent professionals like teachers and lecturers.

Of course they laughed when Mr Gibb said handing schools over to private operators would make them “profession-led”. It’s a lie.

They would be profit-led.

The schools minister Nick Gibb drew laughter, jeers and heckles from teachers as he stated the case for the government’s academisation plans.

The Bognor MP failed to win over members of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) union when he took part in a question-and-answer session at their conference in Liverpool.

Government plans to remove 17,000 English primaries from state control and make them privately run within six years have prompted concern among education professionals. Plans to turn all secondary schools into academies had been announced previously.

Asked to defend the government’s education white paper, which has been widely criticised by teachers, unions and Tory local councillors, Gibb said: “I’m spending time talking to colleagues who have expressed a concern.

“But the whole academies programme is about having a profession-led system, so that the profession is in charge and not local authority officials. That’s the system we’re moving to. If you talk to headteachers who become heads of academies, they have flourished.”

One audience member shouted “rubbish” while a handful of others jeered and some laughed at the minister’s suggestions.

Source: Teachers heckle schools minister over academy plans | Education | The Guardian

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