ASCL comment on departure of Nick Gibb as schools minister

16/09/2021
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on Nick Gibb’s departure from the role of school standards minister. 
 
Commenting on Nick Gibb’s departure from the role of school standards minister, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:
 
“We wish Nick Gibb well for the future and thank him for the constructive way in which he has engaged with us over the course of many years.
 
“His views on education divide opinion, but there is no doubt about his deep sense of commitment to improving the life chances of children or his sense of certainty in terms of policy.
 
“He has perhaps been a little too certain about some of the government’s reforms, however, which do need revisiting.
 
“Young people have to sit too many GCSE exams in the final summer of secondary school and the emphasis in school performance measures on traditional academic subjects has tended to marginalise technical and creative subjects.
 
“The government has to reduce the weight of end-of-course exams in GCSEs, explore the use of technology in assessment, ensure these qualifications work better for all young people, and champion the arts and technical subjects.
 
“It can also now consign to history its unachievable target for take-up of the English Baccalaureate combination of subjects, and it must call a halt to its highly risky plans to overhaul teacher training in England.”