Pimlico Academy is one of four schools run by Future Academies [Image: Alamy].

Pimlico Academy is one of four schools run by Future Academies [Image: Alamy].


There are two levels of corruption here.

The first is that a Conservative minister responsible for academy schools has been allowed to set up and run a chain of them. He is, therefore, profiting from conditions in the education system that he has helped to create.

How much more profit does Lord Nash hope to make from Thicky Nicky Morgan’s forced-academisation plan for English schools?

The second is that he has nepotistically allowed his own daughter to teach at his ‘Future Academies’ chain, despite the fact that she is not qualified to teach at all.

This is another aspect of the education system that the Tories have changed since they slithered into office in 2010; prior to 2012, only those with qualified teacher status were allowed to do the job.

It is fair to say Jo Nash is not being paid for this role (and one imagines this must constitute a nice saving for Daddy) – but what kind of education is she giving her pupils? And why is this unqualified person being allowed to draw up a new curriculum?

All in all, it is an extraordinary abuse of power.

And it is an abuse that may spread throughout the country, if the forced-academisation plan is allowed to go ahead.

Are schools intended to provide a decent education for our children?

Or are they being turned into profit machines for unscrupulous Tories?

An academy chain set up by the schools minister Lord Nash is allowing his unqualified and unpaid daughter to teach history and help draw up a new curriculum, prompting concerns from parents and a teachers’ union.

Future Academies in Pimlico, central London, was set up by the minister in charge of academies and his wife, Caroline. They both maintain prominent roles in the organisation.

Since September, their daughter Jo Nash has taught four classes between the ages of 10 and 16. She is also advising on a new curriculum to teach history and is involved in the recruitment of staff.

The role of Jo Nash, 32, who has no teaching qualifications but does have a degree in history, has been questioned by teachers and staff.

Since 2012, academy schools have been able to hire unqualified teachers, angering many in the profession. Until then, they could only employ people with qualified teacher status.

Source: Unqualified daughter of minister teaches in his academy schools | Education | The Guardian

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