MPs warn Gove of low morale in department

Urgent steps should be taken to improve staff morale in Education Secretary Michael Gove's department, an all-party committee of MPs warns today. They accuse the department's Permanent Under-Secretary Chris Wormauld of "complacency" in telling MPs that he was not "dealing with a disaster situation".

Polling among staff revealed four out of five civil servants in the department did not believe changes introduced were "for the better" – while only 32 per cent felt change was being managed well, according to an Education select committee report.