This was the week when Submarine Hinds surfaced after laying low for most of the past four months.
But in his speech to the National Association of Headteachers on Friday, Damian Hinds outlined a plethora of measures aimed easing the burden of accountability bearing down on schools, and improving teacher recruitment and retention:
- No more schools forced to become academies because of their data
- No more shadow inspections by regional schools commissioner
- No more coasting school and floor standard measures
- More support for teachers early in their careers
- More transparency around decisions about academies
But it was a relatively modest £5 million pilot scheme to explore the idea of giving teachers sabbaticals that caught the attention of much of the media.
One thing Mr Hinds did not offer was the injection of cash the many schools are crying out for, but heads nevertheless gave him a warm reception.
Technology also raised its head in the form of fears that the growth of artificial intelligence could lead to educational apartheid, with poorer pupils taught by tech while being overseen by bouncers, with their more privileged peers enjoying a more rounded schooling.
And it was that educational divide that provided the week’s biggest talking point: should employers discriminate against candidates from Eton?
That suggestion from former education secretary Justine Greening, first reported by Tes, sparked vigorous debate across the media about privilege, private schools and contextual recruitment.