Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Gove Bars Schools from Palestinian Literary Festival

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Gove Bars Schools from Palestinian Literary Festival

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Byline: Anna Davis Education Correspondent

EDUCATION Secretary Michael Gove stopped eight schools sending pupils to a Palestinian literature festival.

Mr Gove challenged headteachers in Islington and Haringey to justify why they planned to participate in the event, run by a branch of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

As a result none of the schools attended the Tottenham Palestine Literary Festival over the weekend. Former children's laureate Michael Rosen was among those who took part.

Children from local schools had been invited to take part in workshops at the festival and enter a creative writing competition on the themes of human rights and children under occupation.

A spokesman for the Department for Education said schools were asked to withdraw from the festival or justify why they were taking part. Islington council also advised schools in the area not to participate.

Jeremy Corbyn, MP for Islington North, who supports the festival, said: "It was a great opportunity for children to understand the wealth and joy of Palestinian literature and a little of the history of the region. …

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