Blog Posts - Michael Gove



'Failing' Copland gets much improved A level results

The Kilburn Times LINK reports improved A Level results at Copland Community School. Copland was labelled 'Inadequate'  by Ofsted last term, its headteacher and governing body sacked, an Interim Executive Board imposed by Brent Council, forced a...
by wembleymatters on Aug 15, 2013

A holiday message for Michael Gove

Thanks to https://twitter.com/DaysOutWithKids for this...
by wembleymatters on Aug 11, 2013

Greens must make their alternative voice on education heard

I confess that what attracted me first to the Green Party was not the environment, although that has always been an important issue to me,  but its policy on education. It was refreshing to see a political party recognising the importance of pla...
by wembleymatters on Jul 18, 2013

Creationism and Free Schools

One aspect of the free schools debate that has achieved surprisingly little attention is their ability to vary the curriculum.  The Guardian has a short piece on how this relates to creationism.  For once, Michael Gove appears to be on the...
by James Powney's Blog on Jul 12, 2013

Sacrificing childhood to capital

I explored Fryent Country Park with 28 eight and nine year olds today. They found their way out of a maze made of willow saplings and as they emerged from the woods marvelled at the sight of hay meadows stretching out in front of them. Reading their...
by wembleymatters on Jul 8, 2013

Powerful call for teacher resistance from across the pond

 The 'revolution' in education we are experiencing under Michael Gove is part of  a privatising and narrowing of education in many countries.Here is a contribution on experience in the USA LINK where Michael Gove seeks many of his ideas. Th...
by wembleymatters on Jul 3, 2013

Powerful call for resistance from a teacher across the pond

 The 'revolution' in education we are experiencing under Michael Gove is part of  a privatising and narrowing of education in many countries.Here is a contribution on experience in the USA LINK where Michael Gove seeks many of his ideas. Th...
by wembleymatters on Jul 3, 2013

Copland strikers dump Michael Gove in the 'dustbin of history'

Gove in the 'dustbin of history'Michael Gove was consigned to the 'dustbin of history at the culmination of a march of 80 or so striking Copland teachers and their supporters today.  The ceremony took place during the first major demonstration a...
by wembleymatters on Jul 3, 2013

Copland teachers to strike against forced academisation tomorrow

Teaching staff at Copland Community School in Wembley will be on strike for the second time on Wednesday 3rd July.The school will be closed to pupils due to the action. There will be a picket line from 8am in the morning. Then staff will be marching...
by wembleymatters on Jul 2, 2013

Copland staff and parents issue challenge to Michael Gove and Brent Council

The teacher unions at Copland High School, Wembley, which is facing forced academisation by the DfE and an Interim Executive Board imposed by Brent Council,, have issued the following press release: Since the very well supported strike action on 23rd...
by wembleymatters on Jun 17, 2013

Michaela Free School fails to convince teachers or the local community

Apparently there were only about 40 people at the Michaela Free School meeting today and this included the Michaela representatives and parents with their children and members of a church group. Some were from outside of Brent, including Harrow and I...
by wembleymatters on Jun 15, 2013

Jean Lambert MEP urges Gove to listen to teachers and children on primary curriculum

 LONDON MEP Jean Lambert has called for Education Secretary Michael Gove to stop the ‘surveillance’ culture in primary schools – and instead listen to teachers and children themselves about how best they should be run.The Green MEP also ca...
by wembleymatters on Jun 14, 2013

Education: The battle of the Michaels about control, curriculum and creativity

Michael Gove's ideas on education and schooling have been taken on by two other Michaels this weekend. Michael Rosen's You Tube interview goes to the heart of the issues around competition and curriculum while Scottish Education Secretary, Michael Ru...
by wembleymatters on Jun 10, 2013

Gladstone Park governors decide to pursue CfBT academisation

Gladstone Park Primary School's Chair of Governors has written to parents today to inform them that the governing body has agreed to work with the CfBT (Centre for British Teachers) Schools Trust, a charity, as their preferred academy sponsor and tha...
by wembleymatters on Jun 7, 2013

Sign of Michaela's desperation?

Wembley residents were aghast when they were confronted by this gigantic 'in your face' advertising hoarding opposite Wembley Park station this week.  The hoarding was fixed to the crumbling and possibly asbestos ridden Arena House, site of the...
by wembleymatters on Jun 1, 2013

Two more secondary free schools in Brent approved by Gove

Michael Gove today approved two secondary free schools to open in Brent in September 2014.  This is in addition to Michaela Academy which was approved in the last wave.The Gateway Academy will be in the Wembley Central area, possibly in Madison...
by wembleymatters on May 22, 2013

Boris Johnson admits new free schools may not be in areas of school places shortage

Boris Johnson confirmed at Mayor's Question Time today that free schools he is backing in London may not be in areas of school places shortage. At present the DfE requires that any new school should be an academy or free school. This means that where...
by wembleymatters on May 21, 2013

Copland teachers: Why we are striking on Thursday

Copland Community School in Wembley has been told by the DfE that it must become an academy. Unless agreement can be reached for a way forward for the school ATL, NASUWT and NUT members at Copland will be on strike on Thursday 23rd May 2013 after the...
by wembleymatters on May 21, 2013

More Brent schools to expand as Gove restricts new LA school builds

Michael Gove receives a vote of 'No Confidence' from headteachers but at the same time his Tory leadership bid, launched last weekend regarding Europe, seems to be going well. The New Statesman this week carries an article suggesting a Tory leadershi...
by wembleymatters on May 19, 2013

Mary Arnold praises Gladstone Park parents' 'exemplary work' for the school and its children

Gladstone Park parents sent a copy of their letter delivered yesterday to Michael Gove, to Cllr Mary Arnold, lead member for children and families.Cllr Arnold replied:Thank you for sending me a copy of your let...
by wembleymatters on May 9, 2013


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