Blog Posts - Michael Gove



Copland own goal over football coach redundancy

 Fourth Official writes a Guest BlogJust 3 months after their ‘postponement’ (ie cancellation) of the school’s  long- planned annual Sports Day in July, the new management at Copland  are planning another spectacul...
by wembleymatters on Oct 20, 2013

Free schools: Won’t somebody think of the children?

If you were to ask a member of the current government whether they would ever run the risk of their own children getting a worse education for the sake of upholding a political principle (for example by sending them to an under-performing secular sch...
by The Third Estate on Oct 19, 2013

Angry teachers march on Gove's HQ and demand that he go

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by wembleymatters on Oct 17, 2013

ROARING support for striking teachers

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by wembleymatters on Oct 16, 2013

Cheer up teachers! Watch this

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by wembleymatters on Oct 9, 2013

If you can’t teach, be a special adviser

According to satirist H.L. Mencken Mencken “Those who can — do. Those who can’t — teach.” this cynical phrase was extended to “Those who can’t teach – teach teachers” by person or persons unknown...
by IanChisnall on Oct 8, 2013

If you can’t teach, be a special adviser

According to satirist H.L. Mencken Mencken “Those who can — do. Those who can’t — teach.” this cynical phrase was extended to “Those who can’t teach – teach teachers” by person or persons unknown...
by IanChisnall on Oct 8, 2013

Time for concerted preemptive advice on primary forced academies

An initiative I fully support from the Education Reform website: LINKIt is time to create a concerted stand against the bulldozing DfE conversion of Primary schools to Academies.Each school so far has had to fight its own cause with only minor suppor...
by wembleymatters on Oct 6, 2013

The Need for a National Campaign for Education

Writing on Wembley Matters I have repeatedly criticised Michael Gove's neoliberal reforms in education, the privatisation agenda represented by academies and free schools, and the way the emphasis on test results and league tables narrows the very co...
by wembleymatters on Sep 26, 2013

Primary school champion Robin Alexander slams Gove's 'Discourse of Derision'

From the TES blog: LINKTeachers have more power than they realise to resist government reforms to primary education, Professor Robin Alexander, author of a wide-ranging review into primary education, has said. The respected academic, who led the Ca...
by wembleymatters on Sep 24, 2013

Who looks after our children best?

On the 13th September the Government published a set of statistics and some analysis relating to children who live in a range of institutional residential settings across the UK. The full set of data available can be found on the website of the...
by IanChisnall on Sep 22, 2013

Who looks after our children best?

On the 13th September the Government published a set of statistics and some analysis relating to children who live in a range of institutional residential settings across the UK. The full set of data available can be found on the website of the...
by IanChisnall on Sep 22, 2013

Brighouse says some of Gove's powers should be taken away from him

Following the failure of my motion at Green Party Conference calling for a review if our education policy in the light of Michael Gove's reforms it is interesting to read today's report by Professor Sir Tim Brighouse for the New Visions for Education...
by wembleymatters on Sep 18, 2013

Where next for Green Party policy on education?

My motion instructing the Green Party Policy Committee to initiate a policy development process in the light of Coalition policies, which would result in a  a redrafted Education Policy being presented to a future  Conference, failed to win...
by wembleymatters on Sep 15, 2013

A Test for Innocents?

I have no professional understanding of education and confess that my own educational attainment is not something which looks very coherent on a job application form. However I have two grown up children who I have seen grow from their birth …...
by IanChisnall on Sep 12, 2013

The Sulivan school scandal should shame Michael Gove and galvanise the Green Party

The outdoor learning spaceTomorrow evening there will be a panel discussion at the Green Party Conference in Brighton chaired by Natalie Bennett, the Green Party leader on Free Schools and Academies. The panel includes Christine Blower, General Secre...
by wembleymatters on Sep 12, 2013

A Test for Innocents?

I have no professional understanding of education and confess that my own educational attainment is not something which looks very coherent on a job application form. However I have two grown up children who I have seen grow from their birth …...
by IanChisnall on Sep 12, 2013

Reclaiming inclusive education for all

Unite the Youth groupMichael Gove's Report CardI was pleased to be asked to speak to the DPAC/Alliance for Inclusive Education group who delivered a demand for inclusive education to the DfE this lunchtime. This was part of the week of action which c...
by wembleymatters on Sep 4, 2013

Local authorities must be permitted to build new schools to provide extra places

Today's publicity about the shortage of primary school places once again underlines the sheer stupidity of the Government's policy. Michael Gove's obsession with his ideological free school and academies policy means that local authorities are not al...
by wembleymatters on Sep 3, 2013

COPLAND’S IMPROVED A LEVEL RESULTS: A LESSON FOR GOVE AND OFSTED?

Guest post by MistleflowerBy my reckoning, the successful Copland  6th form students who  achieved creditable and  ‘significantly improved’  results at A level this year  enjoyed their 7 years of secondary  education...
by wembleymatters on Aug 18, 2013


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