Nia Griffith MP has accused Michael Gove of playing politics and attacking Welsh education simply to distract from the mess that he is creating in England. Speaking on the Sunday Politics Show the Labour MP for Llanelli said,
“It’s pretty obvious that he is attacking Welsh education to distract attention from the problems that he is creating in England, where he is encouraging people to set up free schools with NO minimum standards for buildings, nor for school food, no requirement that the “teachers” employed should have any qualifications and no requirement even to follow a national curriculum. He will not even contemplate taking up Labour’s suggestion of at least having local school inspectors to check up on what is happening – it is too late by the time that the Ofsted inspectors come round.
That contrasts with Wales where Welsh Education Minister Huw Lewis AM has set up five consortia of local authorities to drive up standards in schools – they are big enough to be able to deliver school improvement and local enough to know their schools. He is also implementing the Schools Challenge programme for school improvement, which is based on the very successful London Schools Challenge, introduced by the previous Labour Government, which Michael Gove is now scrapping.
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