Gove and his achievements


Telegraph today

Cameron’s dead hand strikes again.

Another lack of judgement by Cameron. I don’t know of anybody (apart from the unions) who expected Gove to be sacked. ‘Get him out’ the unions said’;  so Cameron did.

He’s cut the number of children being taught in failing schools by 250,000

• He’s enabled more than half of England’s state secondary schools to become academies, freeing them from the dead hand of local authority control

• He’s opened 174 free schools (so far), with 75 per cent of the first wave being ranked “good” or “outstanding” by Ofsted, higher than the national average

• He’s rewritten the national curriculum, with more rigorous, intellectually challenging programmes of study being introduced in English, Maths, Science, Languages, Computing, Geography and History

• He’s raised standards in GCSEs and A-levels, stripping out meaningless BTEC “equivalents” in subjects like Travel and Tourism, removing coursework and ensuring all pupils are assessed on their performance in end-of-course exams

• He’s made it easier for head teachers to enforce discipline, giving them the power to permanently exclude children without the risk that they’ll be reinstated by local authorities

• He’s weakened the grip of Left-wing academics on the teacher training process, making it possible for outstanding schools to train teachers themselves

• He’s made the league tables more transparent, forcing schools and local authorities to make much more information public so parents can make better informed decisions of where to send their children

• He’s introduced new accountability measures that will make it harder for underperforming schools to “game” the league tables

That’s a formidable list of achievements. Provided his successors don’t row back on any of these reforms, Michael Gove will be looked back on by future generations, not as a villain, but as a hero who created one of the best public education systems in the world.


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