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Morgan looks to distance herself from Gove

The new Education Secretary has distanced herself from the record of her predecessor Michael Gove.

Nicky Morgan appeared to play down the importance of Mr Gove's flagship free schools programme, and heaped praised on the outstanding teaching profession.

Ms Morgan added that she felt Labour and the Conservatives were more united on education policy than it appeared.


Cam seeks answers on May & Gove row

David Cameron has stepped into the row between Michael Gove and Theresa May over allegations of extremism in schools.

The Prime Minister has asked for a full account of the reported disagreement between the Education Secretary and Home Secretary, which threatened to overshadow today's Queen's Speech.

The pair have attempted to dampen the spat over the alleged Islamist takeover of schools in Birmingham by insisting that they are "working together" to fix the problem.

It follows the Home Secretary’s decision to write to her Cabinet colleague warning there needs to be “clear action to improve the quality of staffing and governance”, including a mandatory code of conduct, to stop extremism in schools.

The Home Secretary also raised reports that the Government had been warned of a problem four years ago: “Is it true that the Department for Education was warned in 2010? If so, why did nobody act?”

But the Times reports that the Education Secretary believes the Home Office has been too focused on violent extremism and failed to “drain the swamp” of other forms of radicalisation.

In a rare joint statement this morning, a spokesperson for Mr Gove and Ms May said: "The Department for Education and the Home Office take the problems in Birmingham schools and all issues relating to extremism very seriously.

"Michael Gove and Theresa May are working together to ensure we get to the bottom of what has happened in Birmingham and take the necessary steps to fix it."

A subsequent joint statement added: "There is no difference between the Education Secretary and the Home Secretary who are both working energetically together to tackle the challenge posed by any form of extremism."

The Prime Minister’s spokesman this morning refused to be drawn on whether David Cameron met with Mr Gove this morning, saying only that “he meets all his cabinet colleges very regularly”.

The spokesman also stressed that the Government was focused on resolving the problems in the schools, rather than the political row.

“The important thing here is getting to the bottom of the concerns that have been raised about schools in the Birmingham area. That is the focus and rightly so.”


Gove 'panders' to Tory right

Michael Gove has “unashamedly” pandered to the Tory right in his desire to become leader, according to Labour’s Andrew Adonis.

In an interview with The House magazine, Lord Adonis confirmed he was in regular contact with Mr Gove, and praised him for putting academies at the heart of the Government’s education programme.

But he criticised the Education Secretary for compromising progressive principles to court the right-wing:

“Some of the stuff that Michael has been doing has been unashamedly pandering to the Tory right. Michael… would like to be progressive but he also seems to me to want to be leader of the Conservative Party and is making the classic mistake, if I can give him some advice through your columns, of thinking that they way that do that is by pandering to the worst in your party.”

It was “slightly depressing” that many in the Labour party were still against the academy system, he added:

“The fact that the Conservatives have now put at the centre of their education programme the creation of academies to replace failing comprehensive schools rather than doing what they were doing ten or 15 years ago, which was setting up a few more grammar schools or a few more assisted places at private schools, is a sign, basically, that we’ve won the argument. Well that’s great. That’s fantastic.

“The slightly depressing thing is that some people on my own side… think that we compromised too much with the other side without understanding what’s really at stake here, which is creating successful education institutions, serving the community at large, which means predominantly the less well off because most people aren’t particularly well off, where they didn’t exist before.”


Gove and May reported to watchdog over opera tickets

Michael Gove and Theresa May could face an investigation by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards over opera tickets they received.

Labour reported the two high-profile Tories, asking whether the ministers should have declared tickets to the Royal Opera House in the MPs' register of interests.

Tycoon Gerald Ronson and his wife Dame Gail Ronson funded the hospitality. Both Mr Gove and Ms May state they attended the events in their capacity as ministers.


Cameron faces internal criticism over drink levy

David Cameron is facing a backlash from his own Cabinet over plans to introduce a minimum price for alcohol. Michael Gove and Andrew Lansley claim the move is unfair on low-income drinkers who consume responsibly. Meanwhile a study from the Adam Smith Institute has cast doubt on whether a minimum price would be successful in cutting crime and preventing health problems.


Ofqual to probe GCSE grades

The Labour Party has welcomed the decision of exams regulator Ofqual to "look closely" at the way examiners awarded marks for this summer's GCSE exams.

Regulator Glenys Stacey said in a letter to the National Association of Head Teachers there was a "question" lying over how the grade bands were set.

"We recognise the continuing concerns among students, parents and teachers about this year's GCSE English results," Ms Stacy wrote. "We will look closely at how the results were arrived at. We will do this quickly, but thoroughly."

Shadow Education Secretary Stephen Twigg welcomed Ofqual's decision but said he would still urge an independent parliamentary inquiry "to find out what happened to cause this fiasco in the first place".

Head teachers have written to to the Education Secretary asking for an inquiry into the fall in GCSE grades.

The National Association of Head Teachers wrote to Michael Gove after it was inundated with calls on the subject of grade boundary changes.

Exam boards confirmed grade boundaries had been raised by as much as 10%, often halfway through the year.

Shadow education minister Karen Buck said there was a "coalition of anxiety" over the disappointing results.

One large chain of academies, the Academies Enterprise Trust, is planning a legal challenge against the Government over the shift.


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