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Michael Gove said widespread opposition to his school plans was not "intellectual" but rather based on inertia. "I don’t go out of my way to solicit or to invite opposition; you’ll never get unanimity over any set of political changes un... Continue to article
Tristram Hunt described the Government’s current free school programme as “very destructive” because it failed to bring in new schools where they were most needed. “Our parent-led academies are in areas where we need new schools so we wa... Continue to article
Words: Paul Waugh Photos: Paul Heartfield Jonathan Hill likes to live in the moment. “I’m not very good at thinking long term ahead or particularly looking backwards,” he says, as he sits back in an armchair, sipping tea in... Continue to article
* Female genital mutilation (FGM) * Health * Michael Gove Alexandra Topping theguardian.com © 2014 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this conte... Continue to article
Labour press release Responding to reports on under-performing academy schools in the Telegraph, Labour's Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt MP said: "David Cameron and Michael Gove are allowing underperformance to go unchecked ... Continue to article
Michael Gove said it would be “folly” for Scots to abandon the resources that being part of the United Kingdom offers. “In the past the nationalists have always said it’s Scotland’s oil and Scotland can be better off independent, taking ... Continue to article
Labour's lack of progress in the face of Michael Gove's onslaught has left even their most staunch supporters dissatisfied. Continue to article
Sir Martin Narey said he was "very optimistic" that Michael Gove would accept his report on children's social work education. "What employers tell me - and indeed what I have experienced in my time running Barnardos - is that some of the... Continue to article
Sir Michael Wilshaw has revealed he asked the Education Secretary not to remove Baroness Morgan as the chair of Ofsted. Michael Gove has come in for criticism after confirming that the Labour peer’s contract would not be renewed for a s... Continue to article
Dear Ed, According to the Sunday Times, your Education Spokesman Tristram Hunt this weekend called for ‘an immediate halt to the free schools programme’. However, in your Hugo Young lecture yesterday you implied that the free schools ... Continue to article
Nick Clegg has laughed off the idea Danny Alexander has “gone native” in George Osborne’s Treasury. The Chancellor’s aide Rob Wilson claimed last night that Mr Clegg had complained that Mr Alexander had become too close to the Conservat... Continue to article
Conservative press release In the Commons today, Tristram Hunt alleged that Michael Gove ‘has, in the words of Sir Michael [Wilshaw], unleashed “a smear campaign again the Chief Inspector”.’ Contrary to Tristram Hunt’s claims, Sir Mic... Continue to article
The Education Secretary is “running a smear campaign” against Ofsted’s chief inspector of schools, Labour has charged. Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt said Michael Gove was briefing against Sir Michael Wilshaw because his inspec... Continue to article
Christine Blower said teachers' pay must not be linked to individual student performance. “The fact is we’re in position to negotiate what pay should look like and the fact is already teachers have to pass an induction year in order to ... Continue to article
Nick Clegg has sought to end the row between Liberal Democrat figures and Michael Gove. Mr Gove was criticised by Mr Clegg and Schools Minister David Laws over his decision to end Baroness Morgan’s tenure as chair of Ofsted, while Mr... Continue to article
Michael Gove, the controversial education secretary, has set himself a hugely ambitious task. Continue to article
Tony Blair's drift to right continues: now he's hanging out with Michael Gove. Intriguing stuff from @MattChorley
Downing St today offered strong backing for Lord Smith's leadership of the Environment Agency "Lord Smith is providing important leadership to the Environment Agency. The Environment Agency is working with other parts of Government, local... Continue to article
Michael Gove insisted the majority of teachers were behind his programme of education reforms, regardless of the views of some union leaders. “Some of the union leaders will have a go, whoever the Education Secretary is. If the Archangel... Continue to article
Michael Gove hit back at criticism that he was trying to impose an education system that was too focussed on academic attainment and said geeks and nerds should be seen as “cool”. “I think we haven’t been ambitious enough academically fo... Continue to article
Tristram Hunt said educational standards in Britain will not improve if the Government continues to allow unqualified teachers into the classroom. "I think Michael Gove’s language is unfortunate. You look at the best performing educatio... Continue to article
Peter Lilley hit out at Baroness Morgan for trying to make a “party-political point” out of her removal as chair of Ofsted. “It was he who appointed Sally Morgan, a Labour supporter, a former Labour minister I think in the government, to... Continue to article
Tristram Hunt said Labour wanted to see state schools and private schools learn from each other more. “We think that the state sector has a great deal to learn from private schools, but we also think that private schools have a great dea... Continue to article
Michael Gove ruled out the possibility of Schools Minister David Laws appointing the next chairperson of Ofsted. “No. No politician will have a responsibility for finding a replacement… They [independent panel] will make a recommendation... Continue to article
Revealing slip from Michael Gove on Wato, speaking of his "legacy" before correcting himself, saying the word was selfaggrandising
Education Secretary Michael Gove talking to @Marthakearney on #wato @BBCRadio4 now
A Conservative MP has said the furore surrounding the decision not to re-appoint Baroness Morgan as Ofsted chief is "a storm in a Westminster teacup". Chris Skidmore said fall out was "a distraction from Michael Gove's speech" on lengthe... Continue to article
Mary Bousted disapproved with Michael Gove's proposals for more exams. "Behavious is good in state schools, in over 92% good or better, so there are some schools where behaviour needs to improve and that's really important, it does need ... Continue to article
Liz Truss criticised Harriet Harman's suggestion it was 'raining men' in the Cabinet and the Government had a 'women problem'. "I say that's complete nonsense. Has she at the chairman and chief executive of Ofqual [who] are both women? ... Continue to article
Jacob Rees Mogg said the news of Michael Gove's decision to sack the chair of Ofsted Baroness Morgan has been blown out of proportion in the media and compared it to a "tasteless" dessert. "I think it’s the Bird’s Angel Delight of contr... Continue to article
Ian Swales hit out at Michael Gove's decision to sack Baroness Morgan as chair of Ofsted and called on the Education Secretary to appoint a non-political and independent figure in her place. “David’s position on this is very clear: he ... Continue to article
Tristram Hunt criticised the sacking of Baroness Morgan as Ofsted chief. "What worries me is we're now going to have this 'lame duck period' for Baroness Morgan, we're then going to have the appointment, we think, of a new Tory donor, th... Continue to article
Lord Prescott said Ed Miliband’s reforms to Labour’s structures were the latest in a longer chain of changes the party has undergone. “Hang on, the Labour party gets more from individual contributions than they get from trade unions but ... Continue to article
Michael Gove said he was sacking the chair of Ofsted to "bring a new pair of eyes to bear" on the organisation, but that she had been "fantastic" in her role. "I think Sally [Morgan] is a fantastic person. She’s given distinguished servi... Continue to article
Education Secretary Michael Gove says the removal of the head of Ofsted was in line with the government beliefs that roles need "from time to time" to be refreshed. Continue to article
Misbehaving pupils face the prospect of being told to pick up litter or write out lines hundreds of times under plans by Education Secretary Michael Gove for a return to traditional classroom discipli... Continue to article
Baroness Morgan accused Downing Street of attempting to purge public bodies of non-Conservative supporters. “I do think this is on another level [to previous governments]. I think there’s a sort of good cover story which is the suggestio... Continue to article
Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw says he is "spitting blood" after allies of Michael Gove attacked the school inspectorate. Continue to article
It is a pleasure to be hosted today by the Centre for Social Justice – setting out a vision for Britain’s welfare state alongside the organisation where, in a sense, it all started. Within their critique, the CSJ set out a plan for refo... Continue to article
Words: Paul Waugh and Daniel Bond Photos: Paul Heartfield Liz Truss has been getting down with the kids. But the Minister for Education and Childcare has not just been busy visiting schools and nurseries, she’s also been watchin... Continue to article
Keith Simpson defended Michael Gove's intervention calling for the First World War commemorations to be more patriotic. "I think Michael [Gove] has made a contribution to the debate; I think him and Boris are like two bright young under... Continue to article
Many have speculated about the inspiration behind Michael Gove’s schools policy, but few would have foreseen the actual source. After being asked about Sir Michael Wilshaw's criticism of grammar schools, Gove has just told the Education ...
COMMONS CHAMBER 11.30am: Scottish questions 12 noon: Prime minister questions 12.30pm: Ten minute rule motion: Credit Union (Armed Forces) Bill (Gareth Thomas, Lab, Harrow West) Main Business Opposition day debate (15th allott... Continue to article
David Cameron is facing a backlash from his own Cabinet over plans to introduce a minimum price for alcohol. Michael Gove and Andrew Lansley claim the move is unfair on low-income drinkers who consume responsibly. Meanwhile a study from the Adam Smith Institute has cast doubt on whether a minimum price would be successful in cutting crime and preventing health problems.
The Labour Party has welcomed the decision of exams regulator Ofqual to "look closely" at the way examiners awarded marks for this summer's GCSE exams.
Regulator Glenys Stacey said in a letter to the National Association of Head Teachers there was a "question" lying over how the grade bands were set.
"We recognise the continuing concerns among students, parents and teachers about this year's GCSE English results," Ms Stacy wrote. "We will look closely at how the results were arrived at. We will do this quickly, but thoroughly."
Shadow Education Secretary Stephen Twigg welcomed Ofqual's decision but said he would still urge an independent parliamentary inquiry "to find out what happened to cause this fiasco in the first place".
Head teachers have written to to the Education Secretary asking for an inquiry into the fall in GCSE grades.
The National Association of Head Teachers wrote to Michael Gove after it was inundated with calls on the subject of grade boundary changes.
Exam boards confirmed grade boundaries had been raised by as much as 10%, often halfway through the year.
Shadow education minister Karen Buck said there was a "coalition of anxiety" over the disappointing results.
One large chain of academies, the Academies Enterprise Trust, is planning a legal challenge against the Government over the shift.
The Government is planning to double the number of free schools, allowing between 80 and 100 more to be launched. Education Secretary Michael Gove is expected to give his approval to the schools in the next ten days, bringing the total number in the country to more than 170.
Michael Gove has “unashamedly” pandered to the Tory right in his desire to become leader, according to Labour’s Andrew Adonis.
In an interview with The House magazine, Lord Adonis confirmed he was in regular contact with Mr Gove, and praised him for putting academies at the heart of the Government’s education programme.
But he criticised the Education Secretary for compromising progressive principles to court the right-wing:
“Some of the stuff that Michael has been doing has been unashamedly pandering to the Tory right. Michael… would like to be progressive but he also seems to me to want to be leader of the Conservative Party and is making the classic mistake, if I can give him some advice through your columns, of thinking that they way that do that is by pandering to the worst in your party.”
It was “slightly depressing” that many in the Labour party were still against the academy system, he added:
“The fact that the Conservatives have now put at the centre of their education programme the creation of academies to replace failing comprehensive schools rather than doing what they were doing ten or 15 years ago, which was setting up a few more grammar schools or a few more assisted places at private schools, is a sign, basically, that we’ve won the argument. Well that’s great. That’s fantastic.
“The slightly depressing thing is that some people on my own side… think that we compromised too much with the other side without understanding what’s really at stake here, which is creating successful education institutions, serving the community at large, which means predominantly the less well off because most people aren’t particularly well off, where they didn’t exist before.”
The owners of the Leon restaurant in London are to review school meals.
Henry Dimbleby and John Vincent have been asked by Michael Gove to give him advice in the form of a report in 2013.
The new iniative is the latest Government attempt to try and make school meals healthier as figures show that over half of secondary schools serve greasy food on a daily basis.
Michael Gove compel two underperforming local councils to have their schools join the Government's academy programme. Schools in Leeds and Middlesbrough will be expected to accept new sponsors and possibly new headteachers. But education unions have accused Mr Gove of choosing the councils because they have been less cooperative with ministers. Chris Keates, general secretary of the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers, said the plan "demonstrates that this is not about running a quality education service [but] about victimising people who don't agree with their ideological agenda."
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