Gov. education proposals will fail to improve schooling


Government and Institutions

Mark Littlewood comments ahead of the Chancellor's Autumn Statement

Government and Institutions

Mark Littlewood comments on the latest education proposals

We cannot expect standards to improve in schools by further taking power away from them, Mark Littlewood, Director General of the Institute of Economic Affairs, responding to changes announced by Education Secretary, Michael Gove, today.

He said:

“The coalition’s education reforms are giving power with one hand and taking away with the other. Today’s changes will do little more than take power away from individual schools and instead consolidate it within Whitehall corridors. Government bureaucrats deciding the best way for our children to learn in classrooms up and down the country is not the way to improve schooling.

“Only when individuals schools are free to set their own curriculums and are free to compete with each other – on income to provide the best facilities and on pay to attract the best teachers – will we see standards driven up. Today’s proposed changes are a step in the wrong direction.”

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