The many faces of Michael Gove

Education for Everyone

One of the few positives about having Michael Gove to speak is that you never quite know which Michael Gove you’re going to get. This week at the National College we got Gove the anarchist. Away with central direction, let a hundred flowers bloom, teachers know best.  

The speech has been compared to an old fashioned school prize giving – if you didn’t get a mention, you really are no one in the educational world. Much of it commits the old logical error of trying to prove a case by example.

Actually for every story of academy success, you can name an equal number of failures. After all this was in the same week that the head of EAct (who was of course a teacher) has been removed for financial mismanagement. And of course the maintained sector can match all the achievements of academies and free schools. But people…

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