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Michael Gove's in trouble with head teachers

by Nick Grant, NUT national executive
Issue No. 2354

Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove had a rough time last week.

He was rounded on by head teachers at their annual conference in Birmingham on Saturday. This was an unprecedented revolt of his generals.

He squirmed as a Derbyshire primary head laid into him about the unacceptable culture of fear  he presides over.

The audience groaned at his insulting response about “high standards”.

Earlier in the week the House of Commons Education Committee quizzed him about his evidence for statements on a new national curriculum and changes to exams.

It turns out that his sources to justify his new history curriculum included marketing surveys for Premier Inn and UK Gold.


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Tue 21 May 2013, 19:16 BST
Issue No. 2354
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