Gove targets councils that do not agree with his policies
Education Secretary will punish those who hold back reforms for poorly peforming schools.
Two of the country's worst performing councils are to be singled out by the Government in its drive to force more schools to join its flagship academies programme.
Leeds and Middlesbrough councils are said to have been chosen because they have been less co-operative with ministers in tackling under-performance in their schools than others who may have a worse record in national curriculum tests.
Their schools will be expected to embrace new sponsors and, most likely, new heads in an effort to turn their performance around. If they still do not co-operate, Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, has the power to sack the governing body and impose his own interim executive board to run the school before it becomes an academy.
In Leeds (the seventh-worst council for primary school performance) 41 out of 218 primary schools fail to meet the Government's "floor" target of 60 per cent of pupils reaching the required standard in English and maths tests at 11. In Middlesbrough (14th worst), eight out of 41 schools fail to hit the target.
Read more ... (The Independent - 28 June)