A clip from the past. Enjoy!
A clip from the past. Enjoy!
Tory Education Secretary Michael Gove is receiving widespread criticism for having a bit of “things used to be a lot better in my day” syndrome, with his plans to overhaul the Education system.
Silent in all of this so far, surprise surprise is Education Minister Sarah Teather.
In other news, the International Olympic Committee are considering changing the format of the 100 metre race on the basis that people are running it faster. I mean Usain Bolt running it it 9.78 seconds…. It took me 10 seconds just to watch it!
The Spanish Football Association are also considering using smaller goals and footballs made from cast iron metal on the basis that Cristiano Ronaldo and Leonel Messi are scoring 50 plus goals a season.
Just another day in Tory Liberal Britain.
I was absolutely shocked at these comments from Education Secretary Michael Gove.
I felt physically sick and ashamed that a member of Government in this Country shared these views. I think the Cabinet members need to be more open and inclusive to the views of people in society that come from different cultures.
I am really confused about what our MP believes in anymore. Before the election, she expressed concerns about taking power away from local authorities with regards to school education.
She told the BBC, “Unless you give local authorities that power to plan and unless you actually make sure that there is money available… it’s just a gimmick.”
However, today I’m reading in the Guardian that her Partner in crime, Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove is proposing direct management of state schools funding.
The Crest Academies (formerly John Kelly schools) to be excluded from school building cuts
The Liberal Democrat and Conservative government has relented on its decision to suspend funding from building the Crest Academies (formerly the John Kelly schools) in Dollis Hill. The government had previously announced that it would cease all funding under the Building Schools for the Future programme, which was to cover the re-building and expansion of Copland Community School, Cardinal Hinsley Catholic College, Queen’s Park Community School and Alperton Community School. At the time Brent Council was also informed that the money for the Crest Academies was also at risk.
The decision to allocate capital funding for the project follows lobbying by Cllr Ann John, Labour Leader of Brent Council. Councillor John accompanied by Ms Beverley Bell, Head Teacher of Crest Academy (Girls) and the Council’s Education Director, Mr John Christie met with Michael Gove on 22 July. The delegation made the point that the plans for re-building were already well advanced, large sums of public money had already been spent and to withdraw funding now would be a false economy as well as putting the life chances of young people at risk.
Councillor Ann M John, OBE, Labour Leader of Brent Council, welcomed the news but warned that the withdrawal of capital funds to other schools will still cause huge problems. Cllr John said:
“I am delighted for the Crest Academies but it really would have been madness to withdraw funding when the plans are so far advanced. However, the withdrawal of funding to other schools in Brent still leaves us facing a crisis in school places and it will inevitably lead to overcrowding and poor conditions, which will affect the life chances of our young people for generations to come.”
Conservative Education Minister, Michael Gove, supported by his junior minister, Sarah Teather, MP for Brent Central, has withdrawn £80 million worth of funding for Brent schools under the ‘Building Schools for the Future’ (BSF) programme. The decision forms part of the Liberal Democrats ‘savage cuts’ agenda announced by Nick Clegg at last year’s Lib Dem conference and being implemented by the Con Dem coalition Government.
Brent has a rising school population and a shortage of school places at both primary and secondary stages. Seven of the borough’s secondary schools are in very poor condition, not fit for purpose and require urgent replacement. The first phase of the BSF funding was to cover the rebuilding and expansion of Copland Community School, Cardinal Hinsley Catholic College, Queen’s Park Community School and Alperton Community School.
In addition, the rebuilding of the Crest Academies is also ‘under review’. The Ark Academy is not affected by the cuts.
The Government’s decision means that Brent will not be able to meet the demand for new school places.
The Leader of Brent Council, Councillor Ann John, OBE, has condemned the Government’s action, which, she says, is driven by outdated right wing ideology. Cllr John said:
“This decision means that the future prospects of Brent’s school students are being sacrificed on the altar of an outdated right wing ideology which dictates that debt must be repaid over the shortest possible period irrespective of the damage to public services and to the economy. Moreover, scrapping capital projects like this damage the economy and increases the prospect of a ‘double dip’ recession. Any recovery will be led by growth in the construction industry and this is bad news for them as well”.
The Lead Member for Children & Families, Cllr Mary Arnold, added:
“This cut will lead to overcrowding, larger class sizes and a return to the days when Brent kids were taught in corridors rather than in class rooms. The government are creating slum schools of the future”.
Labour leadership candidate Rt Hon Ed Balls MP takes the theme of University Challenge to ask some uncomfortable questions to the Con / Dem Government Education Ministers, One of which is Brent Central MP, Sarah Teather.
Also highlighted was the two Education Ministers’ Oxbridge backgrounds with Michael Gove being referred to as ‘Gove, Lady Margaret Hall (Oxford University)’and Sarah Teather as ‘Teather, St John’s (Cambridge University)’. It will now be interesting to see if Teather now implements the same Tory policies that a few months ago she said they don’t have a clue about.