Magazine article Public Finance

Gove to Give All Schools More Freedom and Fewer Inspections

Magazine article Public Finance

Gove to Give All Schools More Freedom and Fewer Inspections

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Education Secretary Michael Gove has pledged greater freedoms for all state schools, not only those independent of local authority control.

And in his main conference address on October 5, he promised a curriculum that put greater emphasis on English literature and history and less on 'pseudo-subjects'.

Gove expanded on his plans later at a fringe event, promising that his department and education inspectors would become 'less intrusive', regardless of the school set-up.

Schools would not receive a weekly letter from a minister in Whitehall, as he claimed they had under Labour, while the coalition's new approach to the national curriculum would be 'teacher-led'.

Describing Ofsted as 'the bugbears of everyone's lives', he said the number of inspection categories would be reduced from 18 to four.

Gove's comments came after much criticism of the recent Tory-led school reforms from other speakers at the fringe event.

Andy Brown, president of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, complained of 'a fundamental contradiction in government policy' that gave more autonomy to schools but returned to a more centrally prescriptive national curriculum. …

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