ASCL comment on departure of Jonathan Slater

26/08/2020
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on news that Department for Education permanent secretary Jonathan Slater will step down on 1 September. 
 
Commenting on news that Department for Education permanent secretary Jonathan Slater will step down on 1 September, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:

We now have a second public servant who appears to have fallen on their sword, following the departure of Sally Collier, the chief regulator of exams watchdog Ofqual, earlier this week.

It is abundantly clear that things have not gone well at the Department for Education and Ofqual, culminating in the debacle over this year’s GCSE and A-level grades. But it is pretty unsavoury that civil servants appear to be carrying the can while ministers remain unscathed.

The grading fiasco really does need to be resolved by a proper independent review of what went wrong and we have written to the Secretary of State for Education to request that this takes place immediately. We think this is a more productive way forward.”