A fascinating exchange took place in Parliament on Wednesday when Kevin Brennan, Labour MP for Cardiff West asked a question that is relevant for all teachers and potentially all students and parents:
Department for Education – Classroom Assistants
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when she plans to publish the findings of her Department’s review into the status and professionalism of teaching assistants announced in October 2014.
It is possible that Nicky Morgan was so busy working on the homework that is now apparently overdue that she could not answer the question herself. In any event she sent her colleague Nick Gibb who is the MP for Littlehampton and Bognor Regis to explain why she has not finished her work:
The Department for Education has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.
Presumably if this sort of answer is deemed acceptable from a publicly accountable, well resourced Government Department with 1000’s of civil servants to do the bidding of Nicky Morgan, then young men and women all over the country, struggling with their own challenges and working mostly in isolation surely cannot be criticised for not getting their homework in on time?
Alternatively perhaps Ms Morgan needs to be given a red ink comment, “must do better”