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'Schools have faced upheaval, but we’re reaping the rewards'

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In any walk of life it is essential not just to focus on the day-to-day challenges with which we all wrestle, but also take time to look at the big picture. I certainly feel that as education secretary, a role which presents me with no shortage of day-to-day issues to try to resolve. These can often dominate the public debate and prevent us from reflecting on longer term progress.

As the days of 2018 count down, and a new year beckons, perhaps this is a good time to take a step back.

In among those day-to-day issues will be debate about the tactical choices that are made within our schools, ...

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