Michael Gove outlines new education priorities
20 May 2010
The new Education Secretary has set out his priorities for education stating that changes will be integral to the country’s future prosperity. Mr Gove said that a focus of this change will be to take forward Conservative plans to open more academies and “free” schools. Other priorities outlined include giving schools more freedom over the curriculum, radically reforming the exam system and ensuring a move towards smaller class sizes. Mr Gove also stressed a need to improve discipline by giving teachers more power.
Mr Gove confirmed that the government will be moving quickly to ensure schools can have academy-school freedoms by the start of the new school year in September. Whilst agreeing that schools should have more freedom, the Liberal Democrats have previously said that they wanted new academies to come under local authority control. In the lead up to the election both the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats had campaigned for the “pupil premium”, for which deprived pupils would receive targeted funding. Mr Gove has confirmed this as another key priority with the coalition government confirming that funding for the premium will not be paid from the schools budget, instead coming from reductions in spending elsewhere. The new government would also like to make it easier for groups of parents, teachers and charities to open schools with reduced class sizes.
In his letter to civil servants Michael Gove stated:
Too many children still leave primary school every year without meeting basic standards in English or maths and too few 16-year-olds get five decent GCSEs.”
So improving literacy, raising pupil attainment, extending parental choice, freeing teachers from bureaucracy, improving discipline and closing the widening gap between the richest and the poorest should be our shared goal."
The department has recently been renamed the Department of Education and Liberal Democrat Sarah Teather and Conservative Nick Gibb have been announced as education ministers.
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