Twigg v Gibb, round 4
This may be the last of this spat: Stephen Twigg, Labour’s education spokesman, has replied to Nick Gibb, the Schools Minister, about the sale of school playing fields.
Twigg is slowly clawing back lost ground. Having withdrawn the allegation that Michael Gove “tried to cover up” the sale of 10 playing fields, he now apologises for the words, which The Daily Telegraph used in error.
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Meanwhile, and I hardly dare start another dust-up, a transcript of Twigg’s interview with The Guardian was published yesterday, and in it he seems to want to curtail even further than Ed Balls did as Schools Secretary the freedom of academies to decide their own curriculum:
I’ve always believed in schools having independence and flexibility. I believe in school autonomy, but I think there’s a certain basic entitlement parents and children expect of a state funded school. The national curriculum [for example] should apply to academies and free schools.
Perhaps he misspoke, but academies are exempt from many of the requirements of the National Curriculum. Ed Balls in 2008 required new academies to follow the National Curriculum in core subjects. I had hoped that Twigg, a moderniser, would want to tilt Labour policy further in favour of “independence and flexibility”, rather than back in the Ballsian direction.
I wonder what Andrew Adonis, the architect of the academies policy, would make of it?Tagged in: academies, public service reform, schools
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