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18 Jul 2014

Michael Gove has been removed from his post of Secretary of State for Education in the cabinet reshuffle. Free school founder Katharine Birbalsingh lamented on Twitter saying that Gove was the goose that had laid the golden eggs.


15 Jul 2014

In 2010, Michael Gove promised an educational “revolution” as he rolled out plans to allow all schools to convert to academy status. This would, apparently, increase educational achievement – and in particular enhance the life chances of the most vulnerable.

8 Jul 2014

When Sally Morgan, Labour peer, was ousted as the Chair of Ofsted, she claimed it was a party political move by the current Secretary of State. His current favoured candidate appears to be the multi-millionaire Tory Donor David Ross, Chairman of Carphone Warehouse who leads the David Ross Education Trust. How could he manage the conflict of interest given that his trust runs a chain of 25 academies?

2 Dec 2013

We shouldn’t be surprised that the Government’s Free Schools programme is failing. Failure is built in to the system: it’s a natural – even desirable – consequence of the English education market designed by Gove and his soon to be ex-advisor Dominic Cummings. He’s the man who implemented the policy while working for the DfE and is now leaving to set up his own free school.

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18 Nov 2013

The Conservative party is being asked to consider for-profit free schools after 2015. Groups of parents would form “co-operatives” to run a free school and then be able to pay themselves dividends if the school did not spend its budget. Steve Baker MP, Chair of the public service policy board of the influential 1922 Committee, says without a hint of irony “The people who should own a public service are the people who use it.”

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30 Oct 2013

Gove has indicated that he has no stomach for a fight. He has backed down in the face of sustained and escalating protest.

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22 Oct 2013

Parents at Downhills Primary School in Tottenham caused Ministers to reject advice from their own civil servants, according to a briefing document leaked to the Guardian from the Department for Education. Concerned about the rising cost of forcing unpopular private academy chains on to unwilling communities, DfE officials had suggested abandoning the project.

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10 Oct 2013

The Secretary of State for Education has hitched his fortunes to the success of “free” schools. So after the debacle at Pimlico primary yesterday, Gove and his sidekick Lord Nash must be feeling a little seasick.
One of the additional hazards of being an unpopular education minister is that the people who work for you can sometimes want to torpedo you.
Last week the Anti-Academies Alliance received, anonymously, a pile of documents through the post. We are not sure where the data comes from or its veracity. But having, analysed it we believe Mr Gove has some questions to answer.

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5 Oct 2013

For immediate release:
Tweets from today’s National Governors Association NGA conference suggest that Stephen Twigg, Shadow Secretary of State for Education,  in a marked shift in …


26 Sep 2013

Rumour has it that policy wonks in the DfE are hard at work on how to manage “market failures”.
Indeed the number of failing academies is soaring. But then ‘failure’ is hardwired into a system of rationed exam success, the ever-changing goalpost of OFSTED and unbridled greed of ‘social entrepreneurs’ who now claim they have a special responsibility to transform education. Peter Hyman – pass the sick bucket please.

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  • Gary Hudson says: The above comment would appear to be contempt of court, an offence punishable by imprisonment. It...
  • angela dickinson says: please add Baroness Debbie Stedman-Scot (Tory peer, founder of a profit making organisation...
  • Jo Robertson says: Since our local secondary school (Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar in Ashbourne, Derbyshire)...
  • Alan Penn says: Are there any locations where only academy schools are available? What rights are available to pupils...

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