School leaders express ‘shock’ over Williamson knighthood
The Independent says Headteachers and teachers’ leaders have expressed their “shock” and “surprise” over the news that former education secretary Gavin Williamson has been awarded a knighthood.
Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said headteachers would be “surprised” to learn the news.
He added that the challenges of the pandemic and their impact on education would have been “challenging for any education secretary, and this needs to be recognised”.
“But the experience of schools and colleges of Mr Williamson during his tenure as education secretary was one of endless muddle, inevitable U-turns, and even threats of legal action to override local decisions,” he said.
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