In case some of us were starting to lose track of the various “policy alterations” carried out by the Secretary of State for Education in his headlong rush for the political firmament, I thought I would put together a little reminder…
Funding cuts for local councils: http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/michael-gove-denies-u-turn-over-school-spending-cuts/93038/
School Sports Partnership: http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/dec/20/u-turn-michael-gove-school-sport-partnership
Phase-out of A*-C benchmark: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/gove-performs-uturn-with-crackdown-on-failing-primaries-2298709.html
Free books for children: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/news/2010/12/27/yet-another-condem-u-turn-as-michael-gove-ditches-plan-to-axe-free-books-for-children-115875-22809059/
Three point turns (!): http://best-driving-lessons.co.uk/michael-goves-wife-gives-him-an-f-in-driving/ (not technically a u-turn…but I thought worth including for fun. And if it undermines the seriousness of my point? *blows a Harry Seacombe-style raspberry*
Oh… and don’t forget the Judicial Reviews! Two so far – but it’s nearly midday as I type, so there may be more, I suppose. Is there an app for keeping track of all of this…? Please let me know if there are any others I ought to include.
Now: seriously… If we had made this many blunders, as teaching assistants, classroom teachers, middle-managers, senior managers, Deputy Heads or even Head Teachers – would we still be in post?