News that the embattled Education Secretary Michael Gove will be replaced by Nicky Morgan to become "minister for TV" has been met with jubilant cheers from members of the education world across the country.
Mr Gove has consistently faced fierce opposition from teaching unions, who he once controversially dubbed “the blob”, and his time in the post is marked by a spate of strikes and claims that he alienated teachers.
During his four-year stint as Education Secretary, he has overseen the biggest shake-up of England's schools system for decades. He spearheaded the introduction of one of the Conservative's flagship education policies - free schools - and threw the doors open to allow all schools to apply to become academies.
Mr Gove has also never been afraid to court controversy with his policies and incurred the wrath of teaching establishments across the country when it was reported that classics of American literature, including Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird , would be dropped from the English literature GCSE syllabus.
As news of his departure was announced, the education world took to Twitter to describe their reactions, with some reporting teachers dancing around class rooms, popping champagne corks and high-fiving each other in corridors.
Michael Gove has clearly lost the support of the profession and parents for justifiable reasons.; NUT (@NUTonline) July 15, 2014
Issue for education service, for teachers, pupils and the general public is not a change of Secretary of State, but a change of policy.; NASUWT (@NASUWT) July 15, 2014
David Cameron has finally realised that Gove is a liability. He has chased newspaper headlines rather than engagement with the profession.; Dr Mary Bousted (@MaryBoustedATL) July 15, 2014
Genuine joy in the staff room at the departure of Michael Gove. I may do a little dance.; Gemma Finnegan (@uragod2me) July 15, 2014
Teachers here high-fiving each other in the corridor in between lesson 1 and 2 celebrating #Gove 's departure; Ronnie (@68ron) July 15, 2014
Heard news about #Gove when a woman in queue behind me let out a piercing scream of delight. She's a teacher. Says it all. Good riddance; Joe Dromey (@Joe_Dromey) July 15, 2014
What a great way to reenerggise a tired and jaded staffroom just before the end of term..... Gove is out!; Jo Purkess Beckett (@beejow) July 15, 2014
The news also provided others with an excuse to re-share a Vine of him falling over and hurriedly jumping back up which went viral in February.
After Ms Morgan's appointment was confirmed, the NUT stressed that it remains "in dispute over the direction of Government policy, with Christine Blower saying: "We are looking for a change in direction from Nicky Morgan."
Michael Gove's memorable moments
Michael Gove's memorable moments
1/5 Gove 'claims people move to London for “loads of hot sex”'
The Tory politician allegedly made a surprising claim that no doubt led to chair of Tech City UK Joanne Shields spluttering into her coffee when he reportedly explained to her that London’s young entrepreneurs have been attracted to the capital because of all of the “hot sex” on offer. Hmmmm.
2/5 Gove and the #BritishValues backlash
The Twitter sphere decided to educate the Education Secretary on some of the traits actually associated with being British, after it emerged schools would be required to encourage the promotion of “fundamental British values” in the classroom in the wake of the Birmingham “Trojan Horse” investigation. Among the many suggestions were Stuart Brown’s summary of: “Being wary of foreigners while having a Belgian beer with an Indian curry in your Spanish villa wearing Indonesian clothes.” LBC presenter James O’Brien meanwhile suggested “queuing; dressing inappropriately when the sun comes out; warm beer; winning World Wars; immigration & Pot Noodles” could be placed within the British Values bracket, while “socks and sandals” and “complaining about immigration” have proved relatively popular.
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3/5 Gove performs Wham! rap to school children
As part of the BBC’s News School Report project, school children were given the opportunity to interview Mr Gove, who claimed to be a fan of rap music. When asked by one girl if he would give them “a taster of your favourite rap”, he responded with an impromptu performance of a Wham! song, complete with bobbing, fist clenching and the lines: “Hey everybody look at me, I’ve got street credibility. I may not have a job but I have a good time with the boys I meet down on the line.”
4/5 Gove is filmed falling over in a Vine
The (very blurry) moment Gove was filmed falling over before hurriedly climbing back up and walking off in a Vine quickly went viral.
5/5 Gove poses for selfie with school children
In a trend that stubbornly refuses to disappear, Mr Gove decided to jump on the bandwagon by posing for a selfie – although he did apparently warn the children to “watch out that he didn’t break the camera”.
Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) meanwhile said Mr Gove's new appointment showed that "David Cameron has, belatedly, realised that Michael Gove's ideological drive is no substitute for measured, pragmatic reform of the education system".
Dr Bousted also suggested in removing him from the role of Education Secretary, the Prime Minister had concluded "Gove is more of a liability than an asset", adding that the ATL is looking forward to "a more constructive relationship" with Ms Morgan.
In contrast, the Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw appeared shocked as he learnt of Mr Gove's departure during a call-in session on LBC Radio.
"I'm surprised and shocked that this has happened," he said.
"I'm a great admirer of the Secretary of State, I think he's been a transformative and radical minister of education." Sir Michael said that Mr Gove had made some "substantial changes" to education, which would be lasting.
He went on to describe the news as "a bolt out of the blue", and said that he had always got on well with the Education Secretary.Reuse content