Michael Gove – whipping boy?

Sacked. No other word for it. He has gone. Michael Gove has been ‘promoted’ to Chief Whip(ping boy).


He was my least favourite of the Government Ministers. I found a brilliant video – which I posted a short time ago here. Gove fell into that wonderful camp where , despite not being a teacher, he showed the teachers how to do things. But not in a global holistic way -in a micro-managed style. He won’t be missed by many teachers.

I saw a fantastic letter from a school yesterday – it was sent home with the kids who had just sat their KS2 tests (I’m assuming that is Key Stage 2). I can do no better than copy and paste!

“Please find enclosed your end of KS2 test rests. We are very proud of you as you demonstrated huge amounts of commitment and tried your very best during this tricky week.

However, we are concerned that these tests do not always assess all of what it is that make each of you special and unique.The people who create these testa and mark them do not know each you in the way that your teachers do, the way I hope to and the way in which your families do. They do now know that many of you speak two languages. They do not know that you can play a musical instrument or paint a picture or dance. They do not know that your friends count on you to be there for them or that your laughter can brighten the dreariest day. They do not know that you write poetry or songs, play or participate in sports, wonder about the future or sometimes you take care of your little d brother or sister after school. They do not know that you have travelled to a really neat place or that you know how to tell a great story or that you really love spending time with family members or friends. They do not know that you can be trustworthy, kind or thoughtful and that you try, every day, to be your very best. The scores you will get will tell you something, but they will not tell you everything.

So enjoy your results and be very proud of these but remember there are many ways of being smart.”

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