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Education Secretary Nicky Morgan 'Knows Little About Schools'

10/12/2014 11:59 | Updated 20 May 2015

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan 'knows little about schools'

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan 'knows little about schools' - according to a leading headteacher.

Anthony Seldon, the headmaster of Wellington College where fees are more than £30,000 a year, has accused Michael Gove's replacement of having 'no great interest in education'.

He wrote in The Times: "She came to the job knowing little about schools and with no great interest in education.

"Unlike Michael Gove, she is busy nursing a marginal seat. A big ask for anyone, let alone with only nine months in post before a probable departure at the general election."

Mr Seldon, 61, described Mrs Morgan as 'a practising Christian' who 'came to her job believing morality is essential in schools.'

The piece comes after the Education Secretary pledged this week to spend £5million on soldiers visiting schools to teach children about 'grit' and 'determination'.

Mrs Morgan replaced Michael Gove in the Prime Minister's cabinet reshuffle in July.

Mr Seldon expressed a concern that Britain is 'heading into the 2015 election with none of the three major political parties having any serious policies to tackle the deep social divide in Britain's education'.

He said: "We will never see social mobility rise in Britain until young people from disadvantaged backgrounds acquire the confidence and character skills of independent school leavers."

He called for Mrs Morgan and Tristram Hunt, the Shadow Education Secretary, to 'embrace radical solutions if we are to make any progress'.

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