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Wednesday, 15 September 2021 21:35

Gavin Williamson

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There is little left to say about this man, who has failed children, teachers and headteachers across the country.  As I don't normally comment on national education matters that are not specific to Kent or Medway I will confine myself to referring to the few articles I have written naming him. 

These included one in June last year entitled: Kent's Plan for Grammar School Selection 2020After reviewing KCC's complete  failure to come up with any strategy for supporting disadvantaged children in the Kent selection process, a failure that was underlined by the seriously flawed outcomes last year, I wrote: 

'This all makes a mockery of the statement by the Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, that: "We’re going to be looking at working with local authorities who have grammar school systems in their area as to how best we can ensure that children from the most disadvantaged backgrounds are not disadvantaged as they look at taking the 11-plus in the future."' He may have looked but he certainly didn't do anything which made a difference!

My most frequent mention of Mr Williamson was in connection with his appointment of the CEO of Turner Schools, to a post as adviser in the DfE, after her highly controversial three years of leading the Trust, then promoting her to be Chief Regulator of OfQual, in spite of her record.....

For an excellent record of Mr Williiamson's performance as Secretary of State for Education try:  'U-turns, gaffes and mixed messages: lowlights of the Williamson era' on Page Six of the latest Schools Week

With regard to the GCSE debacle I wrote: 'I believe that in any decent society Gavin Williamson, the Secretary of State for Education, and Nick Gibbs the Schools Minister,  would and should have resigned without delay. Have they no shame?' 

Apart from these, there was a comment on the School Run and Covid: 'Gavin Williamson states: I am asking every staff member and student to plan now how they will get to school or college. If it is possible to walk or cycle, please do. ..........' It really is difficult to know what to say to this collection of doublespeak but I will try: ........

He will not be missed, and my best wishes go to Nadhim Zahawi who replaces him. There is a very low bar to demonstrate he is an improvement on what has gone before.  



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