You can see what has happened here – Thicky Nicky has done a deal with Tory councillors to stop them opposing her forced-academisation plan.
So now the plan is only to force-academies schools that are already performing badly, ensuring that their standards drop even more.
Presumably Ms Morgan has been assured that the only schools likely to be affected now are those teaching the children of poor people.
‘One Nation’ Conservatism strikes again!
Controversial plans to force all state schools in England to become academies have been dropped only days after the education secretary, Nicky Morgan, insisted they would go ahead.
On the day of election declarations across the UK, the Department for Education (DfE) said that plans to force through the policy by 2022 would not now be included in the forthcoming Queen’s speech, arguing: “It is not necessary to bring legislation to bring about blanket conversion of all schools to achieve this goal.”
In a statement on Friday, Morgan said: “I am today reaffirming our determination to see all schools become academies. However, having listened to the feedback from parliamentary colleagues and the education sector, we will now change the path to reaching that goal.”
Instead, the new legislation will include sweeping powers for the DfE to force schools in “underperforming” local authorities to convert to academy status. Those councils with successful track records will be able to continue to maintain their local schools.
The abrupt change was praised by Conservative-led local authorities which had been vocal critics of the original plan.
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