Prince Charles takes such a close interest in teaching that he tried to persuade Tony Blair’s government to expand grammar schools, former Labour minister David Blunkett disclosed last year. Now the Prince has summoned Education Secretary Nicky Morgan for private talks. The tete-a-tete was held at his London residence, Clarence House, on Tuesday. His spokesman declines to comment on what was discussed, saying only: ‘The Prince of Wales receives members of the Cabinet from time to time.’ Prince Charles summoned Education Secretary Nicky Morgan (right) for private talks at his London residence, Clarence House, earlier this week. However, his spokesman declined to comment on what was discussed However, Morgan, who took over from Michael Gove last July, is currently poised to decide whether to give the green light to the first new grammar school in 50 years, in Kent. She is said to be ‘open to being convinced’ of the case for the controversial expansion of an existing school in Sevenoaks. But Charles could be forgiven for watching Morgan closely as she has earned the nickname ‘Ms U-turn’ for abandoning policies advocated by her back-to-basics predecessor Gove. A Government spokesman says: ‘I can confirm that Nicky Morgan did meet the… Read full this story
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