Education and Lifelong Learning

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:44 pm on 6th November 2001.

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Photo of Damian Green Damian Green Shadow Secretary of State for Education 3:44 pm, 6th November 2001

My hon. Friend is right and she makes a powerful point.

I know, as the Secretary of State does, that there is much good work in our schools, but there would be so much more if the Government stopped interfering and let schools make more decisions for themselves. She and I were at the national teaching awards last week, and I am sure that she, like me, was in awe of some of the work being done by the best teachers and the best schools. I put it to her that no decision or interference by her, by me or by any other politician would improve the standards of such teachers and, too often, politicians are the problem, not the solution, in our schools.