David Cameron is set to threaten 3,500 schools assessed as “requiring improvement” with the replacement of their headteachers or their whole governing body — with the schools in question being taken over by an academy trust.
With the PM due to make a speech on the issue later today, education secretary Nicky Morgan tells the BBC:
“one of the answers might be to get new leadership in”
So what to do, then, when one of your own department’s directors is running a school given the second lowest of four ratings in an inspection by Ofsted last year. Former Tory HQ researcher Tom Shinner is co-founder and vice chairman of governors at Greenwich Free School.
He was aged 28 when hired by Michael Gove as the department’s £105-per-year director of strategy.