Last week at the Education & Science Committee I presented Anne Tolley with a picture of a principal’s stitched leg. She had been badly bitten by a child who hadn’t got special education support despite requests over months.
T0lley knew nothing of it and I was mildly critical. She spoke to me at the end of the week and confirmed that the letter had come in while she was overseas and had been dealt with by an Acting Minister. It had gone to the Ministry as it dealt with a policy issue.
There are a variety of approaches when one is a Minister. One I have known would probably have visited the school. That seems a bit over the top to me. Others (like the Acting Minister) just send things off to the Ministry. I think there is a point of balance where the Minister’s office call the school, check that the teacher is ok and then put it on the list for a weekly meeting with the Ministry to make sure the report and response is not delayed.
The Minister shouldn’t be surprised as Tolley was.
But credit to her for looking into it and getting back to me.
ps this post not related to teaser issue.