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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.
On the morning of Tuesday 15th July, ‘Hove Park not Gove Park’ badges became collectors’ items when Michael Gove lost the confidence of Dave Cameron and was demoted from Secretary of State for Education. On Tuesday afternoon, Brighton & Hove City Council announced the result of a ballot of Hove Park School parents. More than 1,500 parents had the vote and on a turnout higher than for local elections fewer than 160 voted to convert the school to an academy with more than 70% of those voting being clearly against conversion.
Wilshaw stumbles on being told of Gove’s demotion. The Chief Inspector apparently does not know the new Secretary of State for Education.
“I am leaving the profession and only one person turned up to interview for my replacement. I know of two other schools which have been so far unable to fill vacant positions in my subject, all in greater Manchester. maybe people will take notice when there are not enough teachers left who want to do the job any more.”
Michael Gove has been removed from his post of Secretary of State for Education in the cabinet reshuffle.
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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.
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?
A vibrant demonstration against the plan to convert Hove Park School into an academy took the form of a noisy march through Hove and a picnic in the park on Saturday, 5th July.
Car horns beeped in support as the gathering of some 200 parents and carers, teachers, students and residents made their way across the city to the sound of wheelie-bin drums and a bugle.
NUT members at Winterbourne Boys’ Academy are on strike for two days this week. They were on strike for one day last week and have announced a further 3 days next week. The school was taken over as an academy in April by Platanos Academy in Lambeth. Teachers are concerned with the amount of lesson observations, which have been at a rate of 3 per week. Management have cancelled talks that were planned for this week and have given no new dates.
David Ross has been named as a favourite for the role of Chair of Ofsted. His education trust runs 25 academies. 6 are in Special Measures, 7 require improvement. He has donated £200,000 to the Tory Party.