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Nick Gibb said today's publication of the OECD's PISA table, which placed the UK 22nd out of 65 in an assessment of key standards of education, was a "damning indictment" on Labour's time in office. "This is a government that is determi... Continue to article
Today’s PISA education table showing Britain still lagging compared to international competitors makes the case for the Government’s reforms to schooling, Michael Gove has said. The OECD report placed Britain 22nd out of 65 nations judg... Continue to article
Tristram Hunt claimed that Britain’s international standing in educational tables would be eroded further if schools continued to be allowed to recruit unqualified teachers. “What they [headteachers] say is: will you make a brilliant dan... Continue to article
Michael Gove expected to make Commons statement on PISA figures showing standards in English schools have stagnated
What would Maggie do today? The third annual Centre for Policy Studies Margaret Thatcher lecture, delivered by Mayor of London Boris Johnson at the Gibson Hall, Bishopsgate The amazing thing about the funeral of Baroness Thatcher was the... Continue to article
Michael Gove said faith-based free schools did need to be subject to close scrutiny. "You’re right, we do need to police carefully schools which have a faith ethos and I’ll be saying more about that in due course, but let’s not forget th... Continue to article
Words: Paul Waugh Pictures: Paul Heartfield On Maria Miller’s wall hangs a huge, avant garde photograph of a woman cut in half by an ironing board. On her iPad, she taps at a YouTube video of her son singing Verdi. On her desk, a... Continue to article
Tristram Hunt said the Government's free schools policy increased the risk of disturbance to young peoples' education in response to a report on the Al-Madinah Free School in Derby. "The heart of this is a policy which is not working, a ... Continue to article
Michael Gove says Simon Cowell is "irresponsible and stupid" to say that the key to success is "to be useless at school and then get lucky." Who's right? In one sense, Gove is. Everyone agrees that, o... Continue to article
Education Sec Michael Gove calls @SimonCowell "irresponsible and stupid" for saying it's ok to be useless at school (ht @MattChorley).
Department for Education press release Today the Secretary of State for Education has written to the NUT and NASUWT to express disappointment that they have chosen industrial action over talks they asked for themselves. He said that talk... Continue to article
Kevin Brennan accused Michael Gove of breaking up a unified system of GCSEs for Wales, Northern Ireland and England without prior consultation. “First of all, in relation to the changes from lettering to numbering, I think most people we... Continue to article
David Ward said there was no evidence that free schools or academies improved standards and that Micahel Gove was an "ideological" Education Secretary. "I think the ideology comes into this because although I have asked Michael Gove this... Continue to article
Lord Baker described Michael Gove as “immensely talented”, after previously saying the Education Secretary was basing policy on “irrelevant” personal experience. “First, he is immensely talented – he’s come from a very difficult backgrou... Continue to article
Labour party press release Kevin Brennan MP, Labour's Shadow Education Minister, has today written to Education Secretary Michael Gove with concerns over the Government's Free Schools programme. Dear Michael, The publication of the ... Continue to article
Labour press release Tristram Hunt, Labour's Shadow Education Secretary said today: "Michael Gove and David Cameron's divisive Free Schools programme is unravelling for all to see. But Nick Clegg is locked-in to this failure too. It ... Continue to article
Jeremy Browne said the Liberal Democrats should not "echo the policies of the Labour left". "The point I was making in the interview I gave to the Times a few days ago is that I want us to be unapologetically an authentic liberal party. ... Continue to article
Tristram Hunt said the al-Madinah school in Derby had been “destined to fail” because of the Government’s free school strategy. “We’ve had 400 kids in Derby not at school for a week because of a school set up in a manner which was destin... Continue to article
Christine Blower that there were an “awful lot of parents” supporting striking teachers today. “It is true that we regret the fact that we’ve disrupted education, but I’m bound to say – I’ve watched the media outlets during the day – and... Continue to article
Chris Williamson argued the Al-Madinah free school in Derby should be closed after an Ofsted inspection branded it "dysfunctional". “My preference would be actually for the school to close rather than to struggle on as we’ve seen, and it... Continue to article
Tristram Hunt claimed the report on the Al-Madinah Free School shows the Government is not applying basic safeguards to free schools. "This is an absolutely damning report, that first sentence ‘this school is dysfunctional, behaviour and... Continue to article
Chris Keates argued Government changes to teachers' pay arrangements were "unfair". “Teachers, of course, are not opposed to performance-related pay – they’ve had performance-related pay since 2002. What teachers are concerned about is t... Continue to article
The University of Roehampton's Professor Michael Day explains why the new Shadow Education Secretary must focus on raising teaching standards. Tristram Hunt has made a good start to clearing the decks ready for the next election by chang... Continue to article
Kenneth Baker is on a mission. And, like all good missionaries, he is brimming with evangelical enthusiasm about his cause. The former Education Secretary, who in the late 80s introduced the most radical overhaul of schooling since R.A... Continue to article
Millions of young people will have to "earn or learn" under new plans to stop the younger generation sliding into a life on benefits. The Prime Minister unveiled plans in his party conference speech today to ensure under-25s are in educat... Continue to article
Michael Gove argued press attacks such as the Daily Mail's targeting of Ed Miliband's father were the price of a free society. “Newspapers shouldn’t apologise to politicians for being robust. We need a free press, we need a press that is... Continue to article
Comres/ITV press release As David Cameron gets set to address the Conservative Party conference, a ComRes / ITV News survey of 88 Conservative Constituency Chairmen has found these Chairmen believe the Prime Minister listens more to Nick... Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron makes an announcement on a seven-day GP access pilot scheme Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith is expected to make an announcement on two pilot schemes placing new requirements on jobseekers in ret... Continue to article
Michael Gove has accepted that energy companies’ conduct “hasn’t been entirely admirable” in the past and therefore he takes their warnings about potential blackouts “with a pinch of salt”. The ‘big six’ firms warned that Labour’s plan ... Continue to article
To win a majority in 2015, the Conservatives must take the fight to Labour, says Mark Pritchard Notwithstanding the recent political fallout from the Syria vote, this has been a good nine months for the Conservative Party. Unity has... Continue to article
It is eight years this autumn since David Cameron took to the stage at Blackpool and invited the Tories to take a gamble on youth and modernisation. That performance wowed much of the media and helped elevate Cameron to the status of f... Continue to article
Hilary Benn MP, Labour's Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, speaking to Labour Party Annual Conference 2013 in Brighton, said: I want to begin by thanking David Sparks and all our Labour councillors, includin... Continue to article
Liam Byrne MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, speaking to Labour Party Annual Conference 2013 in Brighton, said: Conference - It's a privilege to open this debate, a debate we approach with a passion and care. T... Continue to article
Angela Eagle MP, Shadow Leader of the House of Commons and Chair of Labour’s National Policy Forum, in a speech to Labour Party Conference 2013 in Brighton, said: It’s great to be back here in Brighton and to have the chance to meet our t... Continue to article
Labour party press release Labour welcomes independent Skills Taskforce report calling on Labour to create more high quality apprenticeships A report by Labour’s independent Skills Taskforce, published today, calls for new rigorous st... Continue to article
How a cross-party campaign for free school meals won the backing of Michael Gove and Nick Clegg Continue to article
NUT press release The NUT has today launched the School Places Crisis campaign. London is heading for a full scale crisis in education provision unless urgent action is taken. The School Places Crisis campaign warns that by 2016 some ... Continue to article
Ed Davey has praised Liberal Democrats for protecting the green agenda against the “stone-age” elements of their coalition colleagues. In his keynote address to the party’s annual conference in Glasgow, the Energy Secretary put up a st... Continue to article
Ed Davey having a go at Owen Paterson, Eric Pickles and Michael Gove over climate change. Of course Tories will have last word at conference
Ed Davey claims he kept climate change in Geography curriculum against wishes of Michael Gove #ldconf
Ed Davey on Lib Dem green agenda: "We have had to face the ultimate test – the charm of Michael Gove." #ldconf
David Laws on Michael Gove: "It’s not my job to defend people in other parties, but I think he’s widely misunderstood" @JPonpolitics
The Prime Minister's spokesman said the PM "very much agrees" with Michael Gove's comments on child protection. "He very much agrees with the points the Secretary of State for Education has made and on the importance of increased transpa... Continue to article
Christopher Graham said Michael Gove was being mislead by officials who believed that the Data Protection Act helped paedophiles. "The Data Protection Act has absolutely nothing to say about the location of children. I can't speak about ... Continue to article
Information Commissioner Christopher Graham on Michael Gove's comments @BBCNews: "It has nothing to do with the Data Protection Act."
Patrick McLoughlin said it would sometimes "absolutely be the case" that families had to use food banks because of their own financial mismanagement, as Michael Gove had suggested. "I think what Michael Gove was doing was pointing out th... 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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