Letters: Malcolm Cox, November 17, 2015

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I read the report of MP Liz Truss praising yet more “academisation” of schools within our area (November 6) with interest.

As a newly retired pedagogue who has been critical of Mr Gove, it looks like I might have to apologise. We learn from the Ofsted Chief Inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw that after less than one parliamentary term in office things have indeed improved, especially within the primary sector.

This, of course, is the very same chief inspector who not so long ago complained about being undermined by the Department of Education. He was apparently “spitting blood about smears and leaks” following his criticism of government policies such as free schools. Presumably Mr Wilshaw’s job is now secure.

Meanwhile, the universities minister Jo Johnson (yes brother of Boris), caught my attention via “Newsnight” (November 5). When asked clearly several times for yes or no answers on future funding, he served up vague evasions in the time honoured manner. Waffle and bluff until the inquisitor gives up, that’s the way to do it.

Mr Johnson is an ideal candidate for this role. A former investment banker and, of course, like so many of his colleagues a former pupil of Eton and Bullingdon boy.

Malcolm Cox

Terrington St Clement