STEPHEN TWIGG-VERSUS ANNE MCELVOY- ON THE FIRST DUTY OF A SECRETARY OF STATE

Anne McElvoy in todays Evening Standard  thinks that the shadow education secretary, Stephen Twigg, has got his priorities wrong. Twigg  said that the  first duty of an education secretary  and  “what gets him out of bed in the morning” is ” to ensure that every child has a place at one of their local schools”.

No, it isn’t, says McElvoy   ‘It is the first duty of the person in charge of the nation’s schools to make sure that local schools are as good as possible.’

Without wishing to be a pedant, its the duty of the local authority to ensure that every child has a place in  a local school ,and not the duty of the  Secretary of State.(Local education authorities must find a free school place for all children who are ‘of compulsory school age’)

Besides  ensuring  ‘quality’ and  ‘equity’ in the  education system  seem to  be the banners under which education reformers are   now  mustering.

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