What would you #AskGove ?

23 Jan

'Ask Gove'. No, not a new version of that old childhood TV favourite 'Ask Aspel' or an updated 'Ask the Family', but a request from the House of Commons Education Select Committee:

"What one education policy question do you think the Committee should ask Michael Gove?

"On 31 January the Education Committee holds an oral evidence session with Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove. MPs on the Committee want to ensure that their questions reflect the most pressing concerns in the world of education and want to hear what questions you would put to the Minister.

"Submit your question via twitter, by adding the hashtag #AskGove to your tweet, by 11am on Friday 27 January."

We can think of quite a few…

Do you agree with Sir Michael Wilshaw's comment that 'if anyone says to you that "staff morale is at an all-time low" you will know you are doing something right'?

Are those who hold different views to your own really your "enemies"?

Are schools being forced to be free?

How free are free schools?

How do you raise teaching standards while encouraging the employment of unqualified teachers in free schools?

What's the point of a national curriculum if academies don't have to follow it?

While all pupils need to be ICT literate, do they all need to be computer programmers?

Do let us know your questions
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4 Responses to “What would you #AskGove ?”

  1. Joyce Watts 24. Jan, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

    Staff Morale! No – I do not agree. If this is the case the staff have NOT-

    a) been consulted and had an input

    b) had decisions explained; and

    c) feel undervalued

    d) if staff morale is low the HT has a much bigger problem, created by him/herself and is not in the right job.

    I endorse the other questions suggested and would add –

    i) why are teachers constantly being held responsible for the social ills of society?

    ii) Does he think he will keep his teaching force who not only have to work until they are 67 pay more for smaller pension and also have to work longer days?

    Would he be a teacher? I think not.

    • Stephen Cook 24. Jan, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

      …so right Joyce.

      I have already left… resigned from an SLT position after 10 years in education at only 37 years old.


  2. Stephen Cook 24. Jan, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

    Did Wilshaw really say that?

    Oh goodness, we really are in trouble.

    One of the biggest questions out there, which ultimately is leading to such low staff morale and which I haven’t heard is a direct instruction from the education secretary but is being implemented by Heads all over the land is…

    Do teachers need to type/write up a long and detailed lesson plan for each and every lesson of the year? This is particularly pertinent from Autumn and the no notice inspections.

    It is creating so much work for staff and ultimately is making teaching worse as teachers prioritise this versus thinking creatively about lessons and developing resources.

    Stephen Cook M.A.(Ed)
    (ie more qualified than Gove)

  3. Richard Fraser 24. Jan, 2012 at 1:19 pm #

    What will you do to make schools safe from the dangers of asbestos? http://www.voicetheunion.org.uk/asbestos

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