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‘We've been ignored’ - Heads call on education secretary to restore trust

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17.09.2021

Norfolk headteachers have urged the new education secretary to restore trust with schools struggling to return to normality amid ongoing Covid pressures.

Nadhim Zahawi has replaced gaffe-prone Gavin Williamson, whose handling of the impact of the pandemic on schools was criticised for chaotic last-minute decision making, lack of consultation and exams U-turns.

Veteran schools minister, Nick Gibb, first appointed to the education department by David Cameron, has also been removed.

New education secretary Nadhim Zahawi. - Credit: Richard Townshend Photography

Promoted after overseeing the Covid-19 vaccine rollout, Mr Zahawi is inheriting a series of challenges at the Department for Education (DfE), including the government's education recovery package for pupils amid the pandemic.

Headteachers said top of the new minister’s “massive in-tray” should be re-establishing links between school leaders and the government following Mr Williamson’s confrontational top-down approach.

Sarah Shirras, co-chair of Educate Norfolk and headteacher of St William’s Primary School in Thorpe St Andrew. Picture: Simon Parkin - Credit: Simon Parkin

Sarah Shirras, headteacher at St William's Primary School in Thorpe St Andrew, said: “Schools have felt very 'done to' during the pandemic, with little........

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