“Please Sir, me Sir, me Sir”

3 Feb

Imagine a classroom a few decades ago with a young Michael Gove. Do you think he sat quietly at the back of the class, or was he at the front, constantly raising his arm: “Sir, I know Sir, pick me, me Sir, me, me..”? Did he surround himself with quieter boys, less fond of the limelight, who would make him look and feel the centre of attention

The flurry of news stories surrounding the Education Secretary – on testing, appointments to Ofsted, school discipline and the state-private school ‘Berlin Wall’ – are really all about Michael Gove and his big speech, rather than raising standards or helping children to reach their potential.   

Mr Gove wanted to remind teachers of the powers they already have, so here’s a reminder of his role.  It’s unfortunate that there are so many areas of responsibility and that they have become so party political and confrontational.

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6 Responses to ““Please Sir, me Sir, me Sir””

  1. Richard Fraser 04. Feb, 2014 at 10:29 am #

    General Secretary Deborah Lawson was interviewed on Radio Derby:
    01:12:24 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01ph7lh

    Some independent schools are joining the state sector.

    Over-reliance on testing. Need to trust teachers’ judgement. They know what works. Don’t need test to tell them something they already knew.

  2. Richard Fraser 05. Feb, 2014 at 4:30 pm #

    NBBC News: PMQs: “Speaker Bercow tells Michael Gove to write lines”: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-26050948

  3. Richard Fraser 13. Mar, 2014 at 9:18 am #

    Deborah Lawson: “Bringing down the wall” in SecEd:

  4. Geraldine Everett 09. Jun, 2014 at 9:19 am #

    Having had Education Education Education in the past should we not be hearing Accountability Accountability Accountability now?

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