Gavin Williamson draws teachers’ ire with impartiality warning

Education secretary accused of failing to focus on key issues such as coronavirus impact

The education secretary, Gavin Williamson, has stressed the need for teachers to be politically neutral in the classroom, following the publication of controversial new guidance warning schools not to use resources produced by organisations with “extreme political stances”.

Interviewed by his old politics teacher at the virtual Conservative party conference on Monday, Williamson said comparatively little about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on schools and universities, where there have been multiple outbreaks and tens of thousands of staff and students are self-isolating.

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