Nadhim Zahawi


Voices: I don’t care what Nadhim Zahawi says – it’s never acceptable to smack kids

If there’s one thing that divides parenting today from parenting in the past, it is surely the way we discipline our children. When my daughter was small, I remember taking her to a local toddler singing group. There, a mum smacked her son because he wasn’t listening. The entire room fell quiet. It seems to me that we’ve undergone a profound societal change in the past 30 years or so; both in the way we view parenting (see the many books on “attachment parenting” for one example), and the way we view punishment. Within the space of a single generation,...

Nadhim Zahawi warns of ‘systemic antisemitism’ within NUS

Nadhim Zahawi, the education secretary, said he was worried by allegations of “systemic antisemitism” within the National Union of Students, telling MPs that the government may sever links with the organisation unless it reforms. Zahawi’s intervention follows concerns raised by the Union of Jewish Students, including a social...

Dear Nadhim Zahawi, your Great Big Bag of Big Ideas feels uncannily empty

Do you remember that speech in Shakespeare’s The Tempest when Prospero’s slave, Ariel, reports back to his master with an account of all the work he’s done to capsize the king’s ship? He says he boarded the ship and “flamed amazement”. One moment he was on the deck, the next in every cabin, then up on the topmast and then on the bowsprit, creating “sulphurous roaring” and causing people to jump into the sea.

Nadhim Zahawi compares Chris Rock alopecia joke to school bullying

Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi has compared comedian Chris Rock’s joke about actor Will Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, to school bullying.Asked about the incident where actor Smith slapped Rock at the Oscars, after the comedian had made a joke about his wife’s alopecia, Mr Zahawi said: “Violence is never the answer to anything. As the Secretary of State for Education, I can tell you that the thing to do, is to communicate you’re upset.”Speaking on LBC to Andrew Marr, Mr Zahawi added: “I also think it’s worth communicating to the person that you’re angered by that if they are insulting...

Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi wants to ‘spread the DNA’ of grammar schools

Nadhim Zahawi has said he wants to “spread the DNA” of grammar schools through the education system while setting out his vision for the future of primary and secondary pupils in the UK.During a visit to an east London primary school marking the launch of the Schools White Paper, the Education Secretary said he wants to absorb more grammar institutions into a “family of multi-academy trusts” while still protecting their status.In a speech to staff and parents at Monega Primary School in Newham, he laid out the paper’s pledge for all schools to have joined, or be in the process...

Nadhim Zahawi says it was ‘heart breaking’ to see Will Smith in tears after hitting Chris Rock at the Oscars

A UK minister has praised Will Smith for apologising after hitting presenter Chris Rock at the Oscars over a joke about his wife. Nadhim Zahawi, the education secretary, said his “heart was broken” when he saw the “tearful apology”. “It is heart-breaking when you lose control of your emotions in that way, but I think it is important not to allow yourself to cross that line, and he apologised immediately, which is good to see,” he told BBC Breakfast on Monday.Smith appeared to take offence at a joke comedian Rock made about Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved haircut. His wife...

Teacher pay rise won’t keep pace with soaring inflation, says Nadhim Zahawi

School teachers will not be receiving a pay rise that will keep pace with soaring inflation levels, education secretary Nadhim Zahawi has indicated.The cabinet minister said public sector workers would have to accept pay “restraint”, despite growing calls for the government to provide more help with the mounting cost of living crisis.It comes as union leaders warned that both schools and hospitals would suffer a “mass exodus” of staff unless public sector employees receive pay rises matching inflation.Unison said that unless teachers, NHS workers and other public sector staff received “inflation-busting” pay rises, they would quit for better paid...