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Poll shows opposition to education reforms

Poll shows opposition to education reforms

Majority say councils should keep responsibilities over schools and that teaching profession requires dedicated training. Read more…

Posted by admin - April 15, 2014 at 09:45

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Michael Gove writes to every school in England about dangers of FGM

Michael Gove writes to every school in England about dangers of FGM

Education secretary addresses issue of female genital mutilation after Guardian campaign attracts support of 230,000 people. Read more…

Posted by admin - April 12, 2014 at 09:49

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Michael Gove’s bid to limit fallout from failing free schools revealed

Michael Gove’s bid to limit fallout from failing free schools revealed

Secret document for academies minister Lord Nash outlines strategy to ‘step in fast to cut political damage’. Read more…

Posted by admin - April 6, 2014 at 08:45

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Michael Gove promises to abolish illiteracy and innumeracy in UK

Michael Gove promises to abolish illiteracy and innumeracy in UK

Education secretary’s pledge follows George Osborne’s commitment to restore Britain to full employment. Read more…

Posted by admin - April 2, 2014 at 08:56

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Michael Gove welcomes Ofsted’s school inspection overhaul

Michael Gove welcomes Ofsted’s school inspection overhaul

Education secretary says removal of intensive, multi-layered inspections is ‘reflection of success’. Read more…

Posted by admin - March 23, 2014 at 10:14

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Gove attacks ‘preposterous’ number of Old Etonians in Cameron’s cabinet

Gove attacks ‘preposterous’ number of Old Etonians in Cameron’s cabinet

Education secretary draws comparisons between PM’s team and cabinet of Lord Salisbury, criticised for alleged cronyism.

The education secretary, Michael Gove, has attacked the “preposterous” number of Etonians in David Cameron’s inner cabinet and, in the process, taken aim at the chances of Old Etonian Boris Johnson succeeding Cameron as party leader after the general election.

He described the concentration of Old Etonians as “ridiculous”, adding that such a bastion of privilege does not exist in any other rich country.

Although Gove, in an interview with the Financial Times, stressed that the elite nature of Cameron’s top team reflected the failings of past state education policies, the remarks fit perfectly with the Labour claim that the top of the Conservative party is an out-of-touch elite.

Gove drew comparisons between Cameron’s team and the cabinet of the Eton-educated Tory prime minister Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, Lord Salisbury, who was criticised for alleged nepotism and cronyism.

“At the beginning of the 20th century, the Conservative cabinet was called Hotel Cecil,” Gove said. “The phrase ‘Bob’s your uncle’ came about and all the rest of it. It is preposterous.”

Gove is the first Conservative education minister to send his child to a state secondary school, and has made it his stated mission to extend opportunities by trying to raise the standard of education through academies and free schools.

Cameron himself went to Eton, and the many Old Etonians in his inner circle include Oliver Letwin, minister for government policy; Jo Johnson, head of his policy unit; Ed Llewellyn, chief of staff; and Rupert Harrison, George Osborne’s chief economic adviser.

“It doesn’t make me feel personally uncomfortable because I like each of the individuals concerned, but it’s ridiculous,” Gove said. “I don’t know where you can find some such similar situation in a developed economy.”

Gove has recently been exposed briefing against Boris Johnson at a dinner with Rupert Murdoch. It is increasingly likely that Johnson, currently London mayor, will find a Conservative seat in time for the 2015 election, so he would be able to stand for the Conservative leadership if Cameron stands aside after defeat.

One of Johnson’s chief rivals is likely to be Osborne, who went to St Paul’s, another London private school.

Gove, himself educated at a fee-paying school in Scotland, said the composition of the party’s high command was “a function of the fact that – as we pointed out a couple of years ago – more boys from Eton go to Oxford and Cambridge than boys eligible for free school meals“.

Gove said in the interview that he did not want to be Tory leader, claiming that he lacked the “extra spark of charisma and star quality” possessed by others.

Patrick Wintour

 

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Posted by admin - March 15, 2014 at 10:09

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Michael Gove agrees to write to schools over female genital mutilation

Michael Gove agrees to write to schools over female genital mutilation

Education secretary meets campaigner Fahma Mohamed after Guardian-backed petition attracted nearly 250,000 signatures. Read more…

Posted by admin - February 26, 2014 at 09:52

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Gove: suspend air passenger duty during school summer holidays

Gove: suspend air passenger duty during school summer holidays

This would bring down the cost of family breaks and reduce the likelihood of families going away together during term time. Read more…

Posted by admin - February 25, 2014 at 08:18

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FGM petition calling on Michael Gove to act reaches 200000 signatures

FGM petition calling on Michael Gove to act reaches 200000 signatures

Education secretary urged to instruct headteachers to inform parents and children about female genital mutilation. Read more…

Posted by admin - February 15, 2014 at 11:18

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Female genital mutilation: Michael Gove to meet 17-year-old campaigner

Female genital mutilation: Michael Gove to meet 17-year-old campaigner

Education secretary to meet Fahma Mohamed as petition demanding action to end FGM attracts 170,000 signatures/ Read more…

Posted by admin - February 11, 2014 at 09:54

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