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Nicky Morgan pledges to tackle poor school performance

12/05/2015 Joanna
Education secretary Nicky Morgan has pledged to work with teachers to ensure every child receives an excellent local education.

After being reappointed to David Cameron's cabinet, Ms Morgan said she would focus on tackling poor school performance and ensuring there are "lots of good and excellent teachers" across England, BBC News reports.

She added that she would continue to rebuild bridges with the teaching profession, telling the Press Association: "It's about listening."

Relations between the Department for Education and some parts of the profession deteriorated under former education secretary Michael Gove, who was criticised for his antagonistic attitude.

Ms Morgan has been making efforts to restore harmonious relations with the sector and claimed to have spoken to over 900 teachers in the past ten months.

"It's about listening, it's about hearing what they've got to say, tackling things like workload, Ofsted inspections, and building on all the lessons I've learned in the last ten months," she said.

Ms Morgan also said the Conservatives had set out plans to tackle coasting and failing schools in their manifesto. She backed the prime minister's vision of education as being "the great life-transforming opportunity for all".

As well as the creation of more academies and free schools, this would mean "working with the teaching profession to make sure that every child has an excellent local school to attend and that we have lots of good and excellent teachers across the country".

Before the election, Mr Cameron announced plans to open 500 more free schools over the next five years and turn every failing and coasting secondary school into an academy.

When asked whether the responsibility for universities, which currently lies with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, would change hands, Ms Morgan said it would be the prime minister's decision.

Ms Morgan's commitment to tackling the unnecessary workload of those in teaching jobs was welcomed by Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers.

Dr Bousted said the excessive workload was one of the main reasons that prompted people to leave the teaching profession.

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