Opinion: Big decisions await Justine Greening

The forced academies flagship might have been sunk, suggests BBC education correspondent Sean Coughlan, but there are a wealth of other issues Justine Greening, the new Education Secretary, must now tackle. The proposal to allow academy chains to operate without any elected parent governors, the introduction of a national funding formula, the major overhaul of teacher training and the abolition of the current “qualified teacher status” are all crucial issues, Mr Coughlan says. Headteachers and teachers’ unions will also be knocking on the door over changes to the Sats tests, which this year saw almost half the 11-year-olds in England failing to reach the expected level, he adds, with changes to GCSEs and A-levels, including switching to grades nine to one rather than A* to U, likely to have their own share of teething difficulties.

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