It seems we were all mistaken about his change of heart about Free Schools, so Vox Political is happy to present Mr Young’s own words on the subject:
The reason I’m stepping down as CEO – I’m not quitting, for heaven’s sake – is because our trust is expanding, not contracting. Our hope is to become a multi-academy trust containing 10-20 schools over the next 10 years and that requires a more seasoned chief executive than me who can commit to the job full-time. (I do it three days a week.) And I’ll stay on as a director and remain involved in the schools for years to come, not least because my daughter is at one of them and my other three children will soon follow.
In the Schools Week interview, I did express regret for some of the things I’d said about teachers in the past and I also said that one of the lessons I’d learnt is that high expectations and a traditional, knowledge-based curriculum aren’t, by themselves, enough to make a good school. Just as important is making sure you have the right leaders in place who share your vision.
However, I didn’t in any way link these observations to my decision to stand down as chief executive. I was merely reflecting on some of the lessons I’d learnt along the way. The Standard piece gave the impression that I now regretted having bitten off more than I could chew and, having fallen flat on my face, I now wanted to hand over to a professional.
His article goes on to explain his dismay at the way his original words were represented by the mainstream and social media, and how he was “stunned” by an interview in which, after he had explained his views on Channel 4 News, anchor John Snow “asked me if I thought the reason [Thicky Nicky] Morgan had rowed back on turning all schools into academies was because of the failure of my schools”.
Now he knows how Jeremy Corbyn may feel every day.
Let’s do a checklist:
Comments misreported and taken out of context? Check.
Misrepresentation on the mainstream and social media? Check.
Blank refusal of the same media to acknowledge information that contradicts their narrative? Check.
One wonders whether what Mr Young perceives as his mistreatment at the hands of his colleagues will affect they way he – and they – view the current Labour leadership.
What do you think?
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