Morgan to write about ‘one of the best jobs in the cabinet’

Written by Rod Muir on 26 May 2017 in Culture

The former education secretary's new book will be informed by her visits to schools up and down the country.

Nicky Morgan is the latest politician to sign a book deal as she admits that her ministerial career “fell apart a bit earlier than I’d expected”.

The former education secretary will draw on her two years in the senior cabinet job for a new title called Taught, Not Caught: Educating for 21st Century Character.

She will reflect on her many visits to schools to explain why she believes that focusing on character is a vital part of education.

Morgan said: "I’ve had the privilege of holding one of the best jobs in the UK cabinet. As education secretary I visited many schools and could see those schools where the headteacher and all the staff were building not just knowledgeable young people but also engaged and confident pupils.

 "Hearing their stories, looking at the work they’ve done to promote character education and identify the values they want to embed in their schools and seeing how positive they are about this area of their school life has confirmed to me that focusing on character sits alongside gaining knowledge.  In fact, the former helps the latter.  The generosity of the schools enables me to capture key examples and bring character education to life.

"The point is to set young people up with the key traits they can call on when things don’t work out and they are faced with the unexpected.

She added: “I’ve had my own taste of needing to demonstrate be resilient in the past year.  All politicians know that their careers are likely to end in failure – or, at least, to leave office at a time not necessarily of their choosing. “

“But my ministerial career fell apart a bit earlier than I’d expected.  There is nothing so ‘ex' as an ‘ex-minister'.  Continuing to be an MP is a hugely satisfying as well as challenging part of most ex-minister’s lives but as with any major life change it takes time to adjust and to find the next goal in life.”

Morgan was education secretary from 2014-16 and is fighting to remain in place as Tory MP for Loughborough. Her new book will be published in September by John Catt Educational.



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