Education secretary Nicky Morgan has been asked to appear before the 1922 Committee of Conservative backbenchers to discuss plans to force schools to become academies [Image: Teri Pengilley for the Guardian].

Education secretary Nicky Morgan has been asked to appear before the 1922 Committee of Conservative backbenchers to discuss plans to force schools to become academies [Image: Teri Pengilley for the Guardian].

Hang on – didn’t Thicky Nicky say there could be no going back on this plan? Oh dear…

Tory MPs are calling on the education secretary, Nicky Morgan, to ensure that plans to force all state schools to become academies are not included in next month’s Queen’s speech, following warnings from Conservative whips that they face inevitable defeat in the House of Commons.

With anger over the proposals rising in Tory ranks, Morgan has been asked to appear before the 1922 Committee of Conservative backbenchers before the Queen’s speech on 18 May, with many of the party’s own MPs demanding that she goes back to the drawing board to avoid a parliamentary bloodbath.

With a majority of just 17 in the Commons, Tory whips believe legislation on “forced academisation” would have no chance of passing through parliament unless the policy was watered down and the compulsory element removed.

Source: Tory MPs call for academies plan to be dropped from Queen’s speech | Education | The Guardian

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