Tom Shinner and Nicky Morgan

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.

  1. His age on appointment isn’t that important, it’s quite possible for someone that age to do the job satisfactorily given an adequate range and level of abilities.
    What is more important is that prima facie at least he would seem to be an incompetent self-serving dick.

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