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A fresh row broke out yesterday over female representation in government after it emerged that Michael Gove has failed to appoint any women to a new highly paid group of schools “super-regulators”. Continue to article
Michael Gove said he was “saddened” by the news that Maria Miller had resigned as Culture Secretary. “Maria’s resignation is, for those who know her, it’s sad to see a colleague who, as the Prime Minister acknowledged in his letter, work... Continue to article
Chancellor George Osborne addresses the American Enterprise Institute on the British recovery in Washington DC Business secretary Vince Cable announces a £100m fund to help companies strengthen their domestic supply chains at the MACH ma... Continue to article
Introduction (Thanks to Business for Britain for hosting.) It is a pleasure to be here…at the site of a real British success story What better setting to discuss the turnaround in our country’s fortunes. Labour’s Great Recession... Continue to article
David Cameron has hailed the Government's tax cuts that come into effect tomorrow, saying they played a key role in delivering Conservative values. The personal allowance will rise to £10,000, which, according to Treasury analysis, will ... Continue to article
The Prime Minister, David Cameron, speaking today at a meeting of Conservative Party activists said: We meet on the eve of some important changes in our country. From tomorrow... ...millions of people will open their... Continue to article
Is it time for Labour to find a new script? For nine months the party has focused relentlessly and successfully on the cost of living crisis. And for nine months the Conservatives have tried in vain to change the subject, highlight the... Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron meets with Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi in London Children and families minister Edward Timpson (09.45) and shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt (11.40) speak at a NSPCC conference in London on chi... Continue to article
Downing Street stood firmly behind Vince Cable and Michael Fallon on the privatisation of the Royal Mail. The Prime Minister's Official Spokesman said: "He [David Cameron] completely agrees with the points that Michael Fallon and Vince C... Continue to article
Education Secretary Michael Gove says teachers should be paid more, in an interview with 12 pupils as part of School Report's biggest annual News Day. Continue to article
Cabinet Office press release The Department for Education is moving into the historic Old Admiralty Building in a move that will save millions for the taxpayer. The Department for Education (DfE) intends to move into Whiteha... Continue to article
Christine Blower said Michael Gove had refused to attend talks with unions on the dispute which has led to a strike today, but added that the discussions had made “no progress” anyway. “I’ve been in the meetings; he hasn’t been there. It... Continue to article
Michael Gove has heaped praise on Ofsted chief executive Sir Michael Wilshaw and backed the organisation's independence in the wake of a row over political interference. On Friday, Sir Michael reignited the debate over the Education Secr... Continue to article
Michael Gove tells ASCL conf move to national formula for funding schools could not happen as coalition can't agree budgets beyond 2015-16
Do not look for it. It’s not online anymore. In the recent purge – or tidying up – of the Conservative Party’s online videos and speeches from before the 2010 general election, the webcameron footage of David Cameron pelting Michael Go... Continue to article
Danny Alexander said he had been astonished by the Conservatives 'beer and bingo' campaign advert. “I thought it was a spoof at first – it’s just pretty extraordinary. It may be our budget, but it’s their words. I think it’s rather patro... Continue to article
Mark Pritchard, responding to Michael Gove's complaints about the number of old Etonians in Cameron's inner circle, said individuals' background was irrelevant and said we must move away from "envy politics". “I think there is an issue ... Continue to article
* Sayeeda Warsi * David Cameron * Conservatives * Michael Gove * ITV channel Rowena Mason theguardian.com © 2014 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use... Continue to article
The international community must now “urgently consider” whether or not to suspend Russia from the G8, Downing Street has said. The Prime Minister’s spokesman said that “further measures” would be discussed at the EU Council meeting lat... Continue to article
Lord Lamont said the mansion tax was a "dangerous" policy. "I think the mansion tax will be another disaster for the Labour party, I think it's a very dangerous tax because I think a lot of people would have a great difficulty in paying ... Continue to article
Stanley Johnson called for an overhaul of Tory rules to allow leadership candidates to come from outside the ranks of MPs, but denied he had been put up to the task by his son Boris. “No; 100% not. And as a matter of fact, this is a pure... Continue to article
Baroness Warsi backed Michael Gove’s complaint that there are too many old Etonians in David Cameron’s inner circle. "Michael was making an incredibly serious point that it can't be right that the 7% of kids who go to independent school ... Continue to article
George Osborne said his Budget would address long-term weaknesses in the UK economy. "The message I’ll be giving in the budget is that the economic plan is working but the job is very far from done. We need to build a resilient economy a... Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron attends the second day of meetings of the European Council in Brussels Labour Party leader Ed Miliband speaks at the Scottish Labour Party spring conference in Perth Education secretary Michael Gove speaks... Continue to article
Nick Clegg dismissed claims by Dominic Cummings, a former senior civil servant, that he 'put his fingers in his ears' when he was told his free school meals policy was in chaos as "nonsense". "I hear those criticisms, they are complete a... Continue to article
Henry de Zoete said Nick Clegg’s conference announcement of free school meals for all infant children had come “out of the blue” for the Department of Education. “Michael Gove was very clear: he commissioned the school food review and wa... Continue to article
The Coalition’s record on appointing women to public bodies is “significantly better” than the last Labour government, Francis Maude has said. A row broke out last month over Michael Gove’s decision not to reappoint Baroness Morgan, a L... Continue to article
Will David Cameron send his kids to a state secondary school, as Michael Gove is doing? Today’s papers are following up James Forsyth’s suggestion that Cameron will slum it as… Continue reading The p... Continue to article
Michael Gove said widespread opposition to his school plans was not "intellectual" but rather based on inertia. "I don’t go out of my way to solicit or to invite opposition; you’ll never get unanimity over any set of political changes un... Continue to article
Tristram Hunt described the Government’s current free school programme as “very destructive” because it failed to bring in new schools where they were most needed. “Our parent-led academies are in areas where we need new schools so we wa... Continue to article
Words: Paul Waugh Photos: Paul Heartfield Jonathan Hill likes to live in the moment. “I’m not very good at thinking long term ahead or particularly looking backwards,” he says, as he sits back in an armchair, sipping tea in... Continue to article
* Female genital mutilation (FGM) * Health * Michael Gove Alexandra Topping theguardian.com © 2014 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this conte... Continue to article
Labour press release Responding to reports on under-performing academy schools in the Telegraph, Labour's Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt MP said: "David Cameron and Michael Gove are allowing underperformance to go unchecked ... Continue to article
Michael Gove said it would be “folly” for Scots to abandon the resources that being part of the United Kingdom offers. “In the past the nationalists have always said it’s Scotland’s oil and Scotland can be better off independent, taking ... Continue to article
Labour's lack of progress in the face of Michael Gove's onslaught has left even their most staunch supporters dissatisfied. Continue to article
Sir Martin Narey said he was "very optimistic" that Michael Gove would accept his report on children's social work education. "What employers tell me - and indeed what I have experienced in my time running Barnardos - is that some of the... Continue to article
Sir Michael Wilshaw has revealed he asked the Education Secretary not to remove Baroness Morgan as the chair of Ofsted. Michael Gove has come in for criticism after confirming that the Labour peer’s contract would not be renewed for a s... Continue to article
Dear Ed, According to the Sunday Times, your Education Spokesman Tristram Hunt this weekend called for ‘an immediate halt to the free schools programme’. However, in your Hugo Young lecture yesterday you implied that the free schools ... Continue to article
Nick Clegg has laughed off the idea Danny Alexander has “gone native” in George Osborne’s Treasury. The Chancellor’s aide Rob Wilson claimed last night that Mr Clegg had complained that Mr Alexander had become too close to the Conservat... Continue to article
Conservative press release In the Commons today, Tristram Hunt alleged that Michael Gove ‘has, in the words of Sir Michael [Wilshaw], unleashed “a smear campaign again the Chief Inspector”.’ Contrary to Tristram Hunt’s claims, Sir Mic... Continue to article
The Education Secretary is “running a smear campaign” against Ofsted’s chief inspector of schools, Labour has charged. Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt said Michael Gove was briefing against Sir Michael Wilshaw because his inspec... Continue to article
Christine Blower said teachers' pay must not be linked to individual student performance. “The fact is we’re in position to negotiate what pay should look like and the fact is already teachers have to pass an induction year in order to ... Continue to article
Nick Clegg has sought to end the row between Liberal Democrat figures and Michael Gove. Mr Gove was criticised by Mr Clegg and Schools Minister David Laws over his decision to end Baroness Morgan’s tenure as chair of Ofsted, while Mr... Continue to article
Michael Gove, the controversial education secretary, has set himself a hugely ambitious task. Continue to article
Tony Blair's drift to right continues: now he's hanging out with Michael Gove. Intriguing stuff from @MattChorley
Downing St today offered strong backing for Lord Smith's leadership of the Environment Agency "Lord Smith is providing important leadership to the Environment Agency. The Environment Agency is working with other parts of Government, local... Continue to article
Michael Gove insisted the majority of teachers were behind his programme of education reforms, regardless of the views of some union leaders. “Some of the union leaders will have a go, whoever the Education Secretary is. If the Archangel... Continue to article
Michael Gove hit back at criticism that he was trying to impose an education system that was too focussed on academic attainment and said geeks and nerds should be seen as “cool”. “I think we haven’t been ambitious enough academically fo... Continue to article
Tristram Hunt said educational standards in Britain will not improve if the Government continues to allow unqualified teachers into the classroom. "I think Michael Gove’s language is unfortunate. You look at the best performing educatio... Continue to article
Peter Lilley hit out at Baroness Morgan for trying to make a “party-political point” out of her removal as chair of Ofsted. “It was he who appointed Sally Morgan, a Labour supporter, a former Labour minister I think in the government, to... Continue to article
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.
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.
The Government is planning to double the number of free schools, allowing between 80 and 100 more to be launched. Education Secretary Michael Gove is expected to give his approval to the schools in the next ten days, bringing the total number in the country to more than 170.
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.”
The owners of the Leon restaurant in London are to review school meals.
Henry Dimbleby and John Vincent have been asked by Michael Gove to give him advice in the form of a report in 2013.
The new iniative is the latest Government attempt to try and make school meals healthier as figures show that over half of secondary schools serve greasy food on a daily basis.
Michael Gove compel two underperforming local councils to have their schools join the Government's academy programme. Schools in Leeds and Middlesbrough will be expected to accept new sponsors and possibly new headteachers. But education unions have accused Mr Gove of choosing the councils because they have been less cooperative with ministers. Chris Keates, general secretary of the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers, said the plan "demonstrates that this is not about running a quality education service [but] about victimising people who don't agree with their ideological agenda."
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