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It’s Laws v Gove again as Lib Dem schools minister says academy chains should be accountable to Ofsted

‘It’s civil war in the Coalition classroom’ – that’s how the Independent bills the latest row between those two very civil politicians running the education department, Conservative secretary of state Michael Gove and Lib Dem schools minister David Laws.

I wrote at the weekend about the first spat, which erupted after Michael Gove’s decision to sack Baroness (Sally) Morgan as chair of Ofsted for doing too good a job – at least, that seemed to be the gist of his argument, as he praised her to the skies for her “superlative” work before saying it was time for a …

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Opinion: Ever greater centralisation is not the answer for failing schools

“Troubleshooters are needed to spot failing academy schools around the country and sack incompetent headteachers, the new chief education inspector has said.” So reported the Daily Telegraph on 28 December. The article continued:

Sir Michael Wilshaw said ministers must set up regional early warning systems because by the time his Ofsted inspectors discover an institution is in trouble, it is too late.

As more and more secondary schools gain independence from town halls and become academies, it will also be difficult for the Department of Education to focus on improving individual schools.

Sir Michael said that to maintain standards, dozens of local commissioners

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  • User AvatarCJ 23rd Apr - 9:49pm
    Roland. And it's free.
  • User AvatarJohn Marriott 23rd Apr - 9:47pm
    No offence intended, Michael. It’s just that I find it vaguely amusing that some people appear to feel it necessary to hide their true identity.
  • User AvatarCJ 23rd Apr - 9:46pm
    Roland. Apologies but registration is simple and the site is an excellent resource. Please give it a go, the article (and others) are very good.
  • User AvatarOnceALibDem 23rd Apr - 9:24pm
    "now a member of the Liberal Democrats, Derek Laud" You should be honoured to have him. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/4448790.stm
  • User AvatarPeter Martin 23rd Apr - 8:13pm
    @ Arnold, "Britain is, always was, and always will be divided." & " The real war is between rich and poor" I'm slightly surprised at...
  • User AvatarDavid Evans 23rd Apr - 7:48pm
    The simple fact is that those Conservatives are a corrupt, uncaring and fundamentally evil bunch who will say and do anything by pandering to the...