Education Secretary Nicky Morgan visited The Priory City of Lincoln Academy to take part in a Teacher Direct event with more than sixty education professionals. The MP, who succeeded Michael Gove in government office last July, answered questions from Lincolnshire teachers and governors in an hour-long session at the Academy on Skellingthorpe Road.
The visit was made possible by Karl McCartney, MP for Lincoln, who has strong links with the Academy through the Career Academy UK Sixth Form programme. Mrs Morgan met Academy Headteacher Jane Hopkinson and Deputy Head Steve Penney, together with The Priory Trust’s Chairman Howard Gee and Chief Executive Ian Jones, before being introduced to the audience in the Great Hall.
In an event compered by Lincs FM radio presenter Sean Dunderdale, Mrs Morgan answered questions on, among other things, Ofsted inspections, Sixth Form funding, teacher training, science careers, professional workloads, AS Levels, phonics teaching and school collaboration.
Nicky Morgan said, “Thank you to everyone for coming along, I know you have long days. Thanks also to The Priory City of Lincoln Academy for offering us their wonderful facilities. I’ve said ever since I took up my role in the Department for Education that it is the quality of the workforce which makes any school and I know there are some exceptional practitioners here in Lincolnshire.”
Headteacher Mrs Hopkinson says, “The Academy is honoured to have been asked to host the event. It was extremely interesting to see how Mrs Morgan interacted with the audience, and very enlightening to hear what she had to say.”