The hated schools inspectorate Ofsted was set to publish its annual report as Socialist Worker went to press.
Ofsted boss Sir Michael Wilshaw was expected to blame children’s low achievement on teachers.
This is the same man who argued it was fine for schools to employ unqualified teachers earlier this month. His comments followed education secretary Michael Gove’s move to allow academies to hire teachers with no teaching qualifications.
Wilshaw was also expected to focus on the failings of white working class children. This will be music to the ears of racists who claim that not enough is being done for white people.
Wilshaw’s report is expected to call for “incentives” to improve schools. Gove wants to drive through performance-related pay for teachers. Gove’s attacks on education harm all working class children, of whatever ethnic background. And Wilshaw is adding to the damage.