This story appeared in the Guardian
I was intrigued by the idea that a non-elected former banker, Tory party donor and academy sponsor should be in a position to reject the bid of the world-renowned London University Institute of Education to run a Training School. He's able to do this as an Education Minister and he's able to wield such power because he has been 'ennobled' (don't get me started).
It would be fair to say that there is no organisation in the world better equipped to run a Training School than the Institute. An Ofsted report in January described the IoE as "outstanding" in every aspect and last month's QS world university rankings placing it top globally for education.
The Institute's reputation has been earned, unlike some reputations we can think of. It has over the years employed many of the most influential figures in education: Basil Bernstein, Karl Mannheim, Richard Peters, Harold Rosen, Peter Newsam, Peter Mortimore and numerous others.
Many thousands of successful teachers and head teachers look back, like me, on their time at the Institute as a key point in the development of their educational philosophies and a lifelong commitment to education. You were exposed to a wide range of ideas and were encouraged to see that a good education might not be a carbon-copy of the education you had yourself received.
This story should have been on the front page of the Guardian
rather than tucked away in as a diary story.
It will be interesting to see how the story develops. It may well make the front pages eventually.