Schools should brace for five years of upheaval from a triumphant party with Gove at its heart

The election campaign is now in a bygone decade but we are still not much clearer about what the Tories have in store for education over the next five years.

The relevant section of the Conservative manifesto was, at just 646 words, deliberately vague, and seemed oriented towards perceived Labour policy weaknesses – on Ofsted and discipline – rather than on any real plans for education. Not a word on the future use of the pupil premium, nor the burden of the teacher workload, or on university fees, or grammar schools.

That can’t be it. Not from a government that has, at its heart, two of the most flamboyant players from the coalition years, Michael Gove and Dominic Cummings, and a circle of advisers – including Munira Mirza, head of the No 10 policy unit, and Rachel Wolf, who co-wrote the election manifesto – with an interest in (and distinct approach to) education.

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