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Come on, Bored. Feeling like a lone obsessive.
Gove's had some stick from Tim Loughton, one of the three ministers sacked in the reshuffle, who was interviewed by the select committee today.
Basically, Gove didn't care about child protection much. Surprise, surprise the department, was bureaucratic. Loughton has no idea why he was sacked.
Martin Narey of Barnado has defended Gove. Lisa Nandy already attacking him. Quite right too.
That's a good enough excuse for me.
Sorry to hear about the paperwork.
Chalkface but yes. 5 weeks placement. I will write up my reflection in February
Well for when you've got time to catch up...
Michael Wilshaw has turned into Monkfish.
Gove's also under pressure from Graham Allen MP- who's Labour but did a report for Cameron on early intervention. He thinks he's found £405m of cuts.
Gove in Parliament previously had been less than convincing, with MPs of all parties showing concern. Disgraceful, Stephen Twigg asked him to be "honest". It's unthinkable Gove might have nicked money from something long term to open more free schools.
Twigg has popped up to attack the Tories from the right.
More cadet forces, debating societies, and make state school kids more "resilient".
These key personal skills- some of us used to think these could be acquired by teaching subjects in interesting ways.
Exit Twigg, promote Nandy.
The perfect OTF conniption headline, merging two threads into one:
Grayling's School of the Humanities bids to open Free School h
Well, to be fair, secular organisations have as much right to be totally fucking stupid as faith organisations
I really need to crank up my campaign to popularise Wilshaw's 1981-84 era "Spam" nickname, when he was head of lower site at my school.
And I might have to recirculate my most memorable anecdote about him, when he told a morning assembly what Catholic schools had over other schools - "they prepare you for life, but we prepare you for death."
This man, ladies and gentlemen, is one of the most powerful people in British education.
Well done Tubbs, on keeping this thread going. It's appreciated.
Thanks. There are too many for me to thank.
In another story about failing schools, the Telegraph included an interesting aside:
Looks like a strike at the DfE. Thousand job cuts. Gove did more than Osborne asked him for, because he's that kind of guy.
Bet no-one will notice. Do you know how many people work at the DfE? About a quarter of 'em. LOL.
The only thing is that Gove's changing the national curriculum, adding an extra school year, changing primary, and facing a massive need for new school places(having banned LEAs from building new schools). Reckon there might be some work in all that?
And of course overseeing 2,000 academies. Any question the school doesn't answer, you write to him.
I don't get the chance to post much these days, but as I'm having a dossy internet day, can I just take this opportunity to thank the thread regulars, notably Tubby, AG, Bored and E10. I always check it out when I get the chance to lurk and it's a great digest of the latest idiocy. And it's always reassuring to have one's suspicions confirmed.
On the other hand I'm starting to worry about how it'll be when it's time to return to work. I'm not sure how I feel about working in UK education at the moment...
Hey, good to see you back. How's Gloucs?
The Guardian managed to fall for Gove's "academies improve 5 times the average of commie schools" spin yesterday.
Luckily others didn't:
And, of course, the increase in "failing" schools, despite improvements being registered according to other measurements, is in no way connected to Gove's all-schools-must-be-run-by-me agenda. Of course not.
You're defending low standards, I see. Do the same subjects as at Eton, with more strictness, and every school should do as well.
I'm actually wondering whether this latest push to fail more will actually backfire on its own terms. It's noticeable how many of the academies praised by Gove are in London.
Why might there be more interest there from the big boy chains than in, say, Hartlepool, eh?
I'm not a fan of academies as you know, but at least the people taking schools over should be the A team. I reckon the Chuckle Brothers might be OKed for some cheaper parts of the country.
The demonstrably stupid Toby Young - part of the A team?
His is a free school. There aren't very many of them.
Academies are where the numbers are. When LEA-NUT-Bolshevik schools don't make their target, they're supposed to get handed over to "sponsors". It's been noted that the better sponsors (eAct, Harriss, ARK- none of which have been unalloyed successes) operate in London.
Outside London, there seems to be less interest in being a sponsor already. Having even bigger numbers needing a sponsor will create a lot of problems, I think.
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