Morgan said May’s plans would distract from earlier reforms to raise standards and narrow the attainment gap. But would they really have achieved that?  [Image: Rex/Shutterstock].

Morgan said May’s plans would distract from earlier reforms to raise standards and narrow the attainment gap. But would they really have achieved that? [Image: Rex/Shutterstock].

Nicky Morgan was a very bad education secretary – that’s why This Writer calls her ‘Thicky’ Nicky.

Her intervention over the planned reintroduction of grammar schools – which is clearly a step backwards for the UK’s education system and culture generally – is therefore problematic.

How can we applaud someone whose main objection is probably that she wanted to be the one to cause more harm to ordinary children’s life chances?

Theresa May’s plans to open new grammar schools could put at risk years of progress towards a rigorous education for all children, the Conservative former education secretary Nicky Morgan has said.

The MP, who performed the role under David Cameron until July, said plans to increase academic selection were at best a distraction and at worst “risk actively undermining six years of progressive education reform”.

Morgan is the most senior Tory to speak out against May’s plans, although Neil Carmichael, the Conservative chair of the education select committee, has also expressed reservations.

Source: May’s grammar school plans ‘put six years of educational progress at risk’ | Education | The Guardian

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