'Championing the rights of children'

Head teachers pass no confidence in Gove education reforms

Garry Sat 18 May 2013 14:53

Head teachers have passed a motion of no confidence in Michael Gove's education policies.

The National Association of Headteachers (NAHT) said many of the education secretary's plans were not in the best interests of children.

It heard concerns about forced academisation, the curriculum and the exams shake-up at its conference in Birmingham.

Mr Gove was expected to make a robust defence of his policies.

He has been appearing at a question and answer session with heads at the conference.

Delegates had debated claims that head teachers are being bullied into turning their schools into academies - independently run, but state funded schools.

'Enough is enough'
The Department for Education argues the best way forward for an underperforming school is to become an academy with the support of a strong sponsor.

But heads say that academy "brokers" employed by the DfE are using unsavoury methods to push primary schools into opting out of their links with local authorities.

The president of the NAHT, Bernadette Hunter, told the conference that Mr Gove is like a "fanatical personal trainer" who urges schools to jump higher and run faster.

She said the education secretary paid no heed to "the damage he is causing to the body or the system".

Read more... (BBC News - 18 May)