On 19 December 2016 I asked the Secretary of State for Education Justine Greening the following oral question:

“Head teachers in my constituency tell me that their efforts to get their schools to become good or outstanding are sometimes stymied by changing expectations from Government and changes that they feel are not evidence-based. Will the Secretary of State reassure head teachers in Bristol West that expectations will not keep changing without a very good reason?”

Ms Greening replied: “I had a chance to visit a Bristol school last week, which was a fantastic opportunity. That school is working with Bristol University. On our continued reforms, we want to make sure that we see improvements in classrooms. The hon. Lady will no doubt welcome our recent launch of the strategic school improvement fund. That fund is about making sure we can get the investment to schools that need to improve quickly and effectively.”

I’m obviously underwhelmed by that response and will continue to challenge the government on any changes and instructions imposed on schools that are not based on evidence and educational research.

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