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GCSE ruling brings relief for Gove

GCSE ruling brings relief for Gove

Michael Gove has been granted a reprieve over claims of GSCE grade manipulation but is facing fresh pressure over claims of bullying in his department.

A legal attempt to overturn GCSE grades was this morning rejected by the High Court. Judges ruled that exam boards did not unfairly push up grade boundaries in English, rejecting claims of "manipulation".

The legal bid by school leaders, teachers' unions and councils  would have meant changing thousands of results from exams taken last summer.

However Mr Gove is today facing pressure on another front with the Education Select Committee set to express serious concern that he may have misled Parliament over bullying claims in his department.

The committee has decided to write to the Education Secretary following a private meeting. The MPs will demand a response to claims that he failed to tell the truth when quizzed over claims of bullying and intimidation by key advisers at the Department for Education.

It follows reports that a senior civil servant in the department received a secret payoff of about £25,000 out of public funds, after a lengthy grievance procedure involving members of Mr Gove's team, including his special adviser, Dominic Cummings, and the department's former head of communications, James Frayne.

In a pre-emptive strike, Mr Gove wrote to committee chair Graham Stuart this afternoon, stating:"l can confirm that I have never been made aware of allegations by civil servants of inappropriate actions by special advisers... As such I remain confident that my evidence to the Committee was correct."

Also today, Mr Gove is accused of offering "bribes" to schools to become academies. The Independent reports that Lancashire alone has offered £40,000 in payments to 32 schools. The National Union of Teachers said schools were being "bullied" to accept academy status, but the Department for Education said the money was for "improvements" in classrooms.

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