NAO report: Williamson has failed a generation

A new NAO report has found the Department for Education’s response to the pandemic could have been done better and more quickly.

Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson, Daisy Cooper MP, has said it is “beyond comprehension” Gavin Williamson remains in post.

The report finds the Department for Education had no plans in place to manage mass disruption to schooling. The report states that it was not until the end of June – over three months after schools closures were announced in the UK – that it began to formulate a plan that set out objectives, milestones and risks.

Responding to the findings, Daisy Cooper MP, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Education said: “This report confirms what parents and teachers have known for a year: that a whole generation of children and young people have been let down by an Education Secretary who lurched from one crisis to the next, wreaking havoc on their lives.

Daisy Cooper MP

“As with every other major decision, this report shows that on education, the government was too late to respond and then didn’t do enough.

“From the free school meal u-turns, the A-level grading fiasco, the shamefully slow rollout of laptops, the botched schools reopening plans, and the failure to take decisive action on this year’s exams, Gavin Williamson is the worst Education Secretary in England in a generation. He’s made such a hash of it, it is quite frankly beyond comprehension that he‘s still in post.

“Liberal Democrats want to see a ten year education roadmap to help children and young people recover from the educational and emotional upheaval they have experienced – both from to the pandemic itself and the government’s botch job of a response.”

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