Gove heckled by teachers
Richard Garner has been Education Editor of The Independent for 12 years and writing about the subject for 34 years. Before becoming a journalist, he worked as a disc jockey in London pubs and clubs and for a hospital radio station. His main hobbies are cricket (watching these days) and theatre. On his days off, he is most likelt to be found at Lord’s or the King’s Head Theatre Club.
Sunday 18 November 2012
Education Secretary Michael Gove was heckled yesterday when he told an audience of teachers that some of them lacked ambition for their pupils and were teaching in failing schools.
Mr Gove, who was addressing the Festival of Education at London University, told an audience of almost 1,000 that some schools lacked ambition for their pupils.
"Not everybody has high ambitions," he added. "There are schools that are inadequate and the people running those schools don't have sufficiently high ambitions for their schools."
Teachers heckled him, claiming that he had said he wanted to give them more freedom over what they taught but had ended up being too prescriptive.
He defended his proposals to make GCSE and A-level exams more rigorous by saying: "It is only when exams are genuinely tough that you get the best out of students and out of schools."
The Festival of Education was supported by The Independent on Sunday's sister paper, the i.
JK Rowling horrified by Harry Potter actor Matthew Lewis's raunchy photoshoot
Saudi Arabia 'seeking to head United Nations Human Rights Council'
The ten most unequal developed countries in the world
Toddler throws a tantrum at the White House – in front of Barack Obama
Irish people are travelling home from all over the world so they can vote to legalise gay marriage
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
Report finds that Britain's wages are the most unequal in Europe
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
Labour leadership: Battle lines are drawn as members battle over party's ideology at first hustings of the contest
- 1 Crystal meth addict 'gouged out his eyes and ate them' while high on drug, Australian MP claims
- 2 As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
- 3 The ten most unequal developed countries in the world
- 4 Saudi Arabia 'seeking to head United Nations Human Rights Council'
- 5 Irish people are travelling home from all over the world so they can vote to legalise gay marriage
£35 - 40k + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Software Developer (JavaS...
Reach Volunteering: Would you like to volunteer your expertise as Chair of Governors for Livability?
Voluntary and unpaid, reasonable expenses are reimbursable: Reach Volunteering...
£20000 - £25000 per annum + substantial benefits: Ashdown Group: Finance Admin...
£40000 - £50000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Linux Systems Administrat...