Give Gove a minister for school reform


By Stephen Pollard
May 12, 2010
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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.

 

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