The Education Secretary defended government plans for academisation to two North East MPs who challenged the Department’s decision to “inflict” it on all schools.
Nicky Morgan faced the Education Select Committee on Wednesday, answering questions about the Department’s White Paper proposals.
Committee member and MP for Gateshead Ian Mearns pressed for an explanation as to why schools that are already Good or Outstanding, and that work collaboratively within the Local Authority area – such as those in his constituency – will be forced to become academies. Mrs Morgan argued: “I don’t think it’s a question of inflicting anything on anybody. I think it is a question of offering people the opportunity to be autonomous and run themselves.”
Mr Mearns added that in 2014 the Education Secretary said she was not a “forcing type of person” and asked what had changed in the meantime. Mrs Morgan reiterated her plans to build a consistent system, adding that parts of the country are still not good enough: “We will never sit back and say education is sorted!”.