Sir Theodore Agnew appointment

Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, the largest education union in the UK, comments on the appointment of Sir Theodore Agnew as the new academies minister

“The newly ennobled Theodore Agnew will be dogged by the same issues as his predecessor over the future of this directionless policy. Every week brings news of a new financial scandal or collapse of a previously celebrated academy chain. Meanwhile the unaccountable bureaucracy erected under Lord Nash of Regional Schools Commissioners, is struggling to fulfil its own remit of finding sponsors where they are identified as being needed.

“In short, the academies system is descending into chaos, with teachers, parents and pupils paying the price. These fundamental flaws require a radical re-think, not just a new minister who has nothing to offer but more of the same.”

ENDS

 

Press release
28 September 2017