Impact of the Conservative majority on the education sector – Friday 13 December 2019

This week I report on the impact the Conservative majority Government could have on the education sector and confirmation of the education MPs.

Impact on the education sector of the Conservatives majority
As previously reported the Conservatives’ manifesto provided commitments to back headteachers on issues such as discipline, building more free schools, raising teachers’ starting salaries to £30k and small grant funding pledges for PE teaching, the arts and wraparound childcare.

However, it did also include an ambiguous pledge to “ensure that parents can choose the schools that best suit their children”, which some have suggested could lead to the expansion of academic selection by the back door.

Following the release of the manifesto, Mr Johnson also pledged to trial no-notice inspections of schools by Ofsted, and to increase the length of inspections from two to three days.

With such a significant majority it seems likely that most of this policy platform is likely to be set in motion.

Confirmation of the education MPs
Gavin Williamson, the education secretary, was re-elected in his safe Conservative seat of South Staffordshire, while his opposite number Angela Rayner re-took Ashton-under-Lyne, albeit with a reduced majority.

Schools minister Nick Gibb returned as MP for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton, as did shadow schools minister Mike Kane in Wythenshawe and Sale East.

Robert Halfon, the education committee chair in the 2017 to 2019 Parliament was re-elected in Harlow.

Gordon Marsden, the shadow skills minister, lost his Blackpool South seat to the Conservatives.