Education secretary Michael Gove has piled in to the attack first launched by the prime minister yesterday on the “left wing” education establishment in Norfolk.

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Speaking at Conservative conference David Cameron specifically said the “left wing” establishment in Norwich, comprised of unions and some teachers, had tried to stymie school reforms he said would help pupils.

He highlighted policies such as the creation of free schools and the roll out of academies, both of which are types of school that are free of council control.

Speaking to the Eastern Daily Press immediately after the speech Mr Gove backed his leader’s comments and specifically praised two Norfolk headteachers – Tania Sidney-Roberts, of the Free School Norwich, and Rachel De Souza, of the Ormiston Victory Academy.

He said: “One of the things I’ve seen with my own eyes is that in parts of East Anglia there have been people who have been sceptical about free schools and sceptical about the academies movement.

“Having worked with Tania Sidney-Roberts and Rachel De Souza at Ormiston, I know there have been individuals that have not been happy, but they have been shown up by these two fantastic female headteachers.”

Mr Gove went on: “We can’t get into an exercise of saying it’s him or it’s her because we’d like people to realise: ‘let’s get with the programme’. But it’s certainly been the case that there has been institutional resistance from unions and others.

“Show don’t tell is always the best way. If people see what Rachel and Tania are achieving, the opposition will melt away.”

Meanwhile Labour city and county councillor Bert Bremner admitted his party opposed free schools but said he could think of no specific examples of when he and his colleagues had blocked their progress. He said: “They are creating a storm without a story.”

14 comments

  • Those involved in setting up free schools should be asked how they found so much time to do so. One would expect that they had full-time teaching jobs beforehand. Maybe the EDP could investigate!

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    Johnboy

    Wednesday, October 10, 2012

  • BG, you still believe that there is a difference between the two political parties, even after the show of incompetence during the last ten years, from both. If you want change locally select and Independent to stand, someone you know and trust locally and run with them next May. My cynicism comes from experience, children need routine and dedication to learn, not having their education interfered with, every four years, due to some egomaniac moralists.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, October 12, 2012

  • Typical language of a coward and bully who is having a temper tantrum because the overwhelming majority of parents and teachers have rejected his school reforms as an expensive political experiment with unproven results. Grow up!!!!

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    Sportswagon

    Thursday, October 11, 2012

  • Beccles free school was forced upon the locality, against better advice and need, less than a hundred people called for this moral school to be added to the area. Childrens education, teachers time and much wasted money, marks Mr. Goves impositions. Using Norfolk's schools once again for his morality drive, badmouthing all others schools, so obviously led by lefties, is the argument of a coward, a private school yokel. Is it Conference time?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, October 10, 2012

  • Believe me this lot are running scared like the last Government. They have been found out by the public who don't like their hypocrisy which they use to mask their purely politically driven policies irrespective of whether they benefit children, patients, the economy or whatever. The PM, like T Blair just couldn't hide his insincerity as his face told a totally different story from the words he uttered: where are the great political leaders and statesmen that we used to have? Oh.....and Popeye please don't just quote me and make a statement as is your usual response!!!

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    Sportswagon

    Saturday, October 13, 2012

  • ingo wagenknecht - Such cynicism. I just can`t believe that of our politicians! But then again I can. Just look at what TB did for Education, Education, Education in this country. People to whom he gave Mickey Mouse degrees can now only get Mickey Mouse jobs. Qel surprise!

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    BG

    Thursday, October 11, 2012

  • Typical language of a coward and bully who is having a temper tantrum because the overwhelming majority of parents and teachers have rejected his school reforms as an expensive political experiment with unproven results. Grow up!!!!

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    Sportswagon

    Thursday, October 11, 2012

  • Jolly good to see Norfolk making the headlines at the Tory party conference. Pity about the reason why, though. Both David Cameron and Michael Gove went out of their way to point the finger at Norfolk for being 'left-wing'... I beg your pardon! Norfolk is an almost uninterrupted sea of Tory blue. Always has been. Probably always will be (unless PR finds its way onto the statute books). I can only interpret this outbreak of hysteria by Cameron and Gove as a symptom of something much more deep-seated. Paranoia. If they feel 'threatened in Norfolk' where don't they feel under threat? The unpalatable truth is that the Tories would really rather not have to brook any opposition at all. That way lies totalitarianism. They are already in secret negotiations with the Orange Book faction of the LibDems to stitch up another ConLib coalition after the next election, regardless of the outcome (unless Labour win an absolute majority of seats, which is highly improbable). The pact which they are clandestinely negotiating behind the scenes embraces the following scenario: Labour win most seats but not a working majority: the LibDems go through the motions of discussing a coalition with Labour, but do not do so because they've already stitched up a deal - right now - with the Tories. Undemocratic? Certainly. Surprising? Not at all. http:www.independent.co.uknewsukpoliticsonly-the-tories-can-keep-the-future-orange-8191052.html

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    martin wallis

    Friday, October 12, 2012

  • Those involved in setting up free schools should be asked how they found so much time to do so. One would expect that they had full-time teaching jobs beforehand. Maybe the EDP could investigate!

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    Johnboy

    Wednesday, October 10, 2012

  • Those involved in setting up free schools should be asked how they found so much time to do so. One would expect that they had full-time teaching jobs beforehand. Maybe the EDP could investigate!

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    Johnboy

    Wednesday, October 10, 2012

  • Well the results are there. Oriel School at Gorleston has undergone a complete transformation. Michael Gove and DC do seem to have a point. The left are more interested in political dogma than they are in making sure children get a better education.

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    BG

    Thursday, October 11, 2012

  • Remember that the odious Gove is the chappie who planned to send a copy of the King James Bible to every state school, at a cost of £370,000: "it is self-aggrandising. Every copy of Gove's specially printed Bible has "presented by the secretary of state for education" written on it. In gold. On the spine. Not inside in small letters, but on the outside in shiny ones. That's rude to God. And, if you don't think God exists, it's rude to King James, who definitely did" (Gdn). So if Norfolk has upset Mr Gove, we must be doing something right!

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    martin wallis

    Thursday, October 11, 2012

  • BG grow up, after every election politicians chop and change pupils education as it fits their personal moral crusade, disrupting routine and setting back policies that have merely began to work. Education is the moral football of politicians, their seasonal obsession with change is nannying the education establishment and disrupting education, every four years as regular as clockwork.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, October 11, 2012

  • ....Oh.....and Popeye please don't just quote me and make a statement as is your usual response!!!.....ok

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    Rhombus

    Tuesday, October 16, 2012

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