By Stephen Pollard
May 12, 2010
I'll be writing at some length soon on the barriers to education reform for which Michael Gove needs to look out, based on my experience as an advocate of vouchers and what I learned writing David Blunkett's biography.
But while the ministerial team is being assembled, here's some advice: make sure that the department has two Ministers of State, one for school standards and one for school reform. One mistake made by previous well-intentioned governments has been to subsume reform into the responsibilities of schools ministers. They end up losing focus. School reform - Free Schools - needs a dedicated minister at Minister of State level.