Gove ties himself up in knots over “free schools” policy

Michael Gove came unstuck earlier, skewered over his insistence on praising the underperforming Swedish schools system while doing down Britain's schools.

Michael Gove came unstuck on the Daily Politics this lunchtime, skewered over his insistence on praising the underperforming Swedish schools system while doing down Britain’s higher-ranked schools.

Gove, in his haste to talk down Britain’s schools, even tried to brush aside the Trends in International Maths and Science Study (TIMSS) which ranked England in seventh place – eight places higher than Sweden.

The shadow schools secretary was also mocked over the Conservative party’s plans to prevent graduates with third-class degrees becoming teachers, people like Carol Vorderman – the Tories’ new maths adviser.

Watch it:

Earlier today, Left Foot Forward posed several questions for Gove, who will give a key-note speech at a Spectator conference tomorrow.

35 Responses to “Gove ties himself up in knots over “free schools” policy”

  1. House Of Twits

    RT @leftfootfwd Gove ties himself up in knots over "free schools" policy: //cli.gs/JPv6B

  2. Malcolm Evison

    Gove ties himself up in knots over "free schools" policy | Left Foot Forward //bit.ly/bwE1jd

  3. James Evershed

    You almost have to feel sorry for him! Almost. RT @leftfootfwd Gove ties himself up in knots over "free schools" policy: //cli.gs/JPv6B

  4. Thetis

    read their questions too RT @HouseofTwits RT @leftfootfwd Gove ties himself up in knots over "free schools" policy: //cli.gs/JPv6B

  5. Anthony Painter

    Michael Gove tying himself up in knots- priceless. Watch until he discusses Carol Vorderman… //bit.ly/9vHumR via @leftfootfwd

  6. Shamik Das

    Car crash TV —> RT @leftfootfwd: VIDEO: Gove ties himself up in knots over "free schools" policy: //cli.gs/JPv6B

  7. claire french

    RT @shamikdas: Car crash TV —> RT @leftfootfwd: VIDEO: Gove ties himself up in knots over "free schools" policy: //cli.gs/JPv6B

  8. Alex Belardinelli

    RT @anthonypainter: Gove tying himself up in knots- priceless. Watch til he discusses Vorderman… //bit.ly/9vHumR via @leftfootfwd

  9. Carl

    oh dear me, he does pickle himself something unfortunate there doesn’t he

  10. topsy_top20k_en

    RT @leftfootfwd Gove ties himself up in knots over "free schools" policy: //cli.gs/JPv6B

  11. Adam Bienkov

    Conservative schools policy disintegrates on daytime TV //cli.gs/JPv6B (via @leftfootfwd)

  12. George Allwell

    RT @AdamBienkov: Conservative schools policy disintegrates on daytime TV //cli.gs/JPv6B (via @leftfootfwd)

  13. Adam Bienkov

    Credit to Brillo where it's due. Top notch demolition job on Gove here: //cli.gs/JPv6B Gove

  14. Faz Choudhury

    RT @AdamBienkov: Credit to Brillo where it's due. Top notch demolition job on Gove here: //cli.gs/JPv6B Gove

  15. North Briton

    RT @AdamBienkov: Credit to Brillo where it's due. Top notch demolition job on Gove here: //cli.gs/JPv6B Gove

  16. Andy Sutherland

    RT @AdamBienkov: Credit to Brillo where it's due. Top notch demolition job on Gove here: //cli.gs/JPv6B Gove

  17. Justin McKeating

    RT @AdamBienkov: Credit to Brillo where it's due. Top notch demolition job on Gove here: //cli.gs/JPv6B

  18. Justin McKeating

    Have to Tweet this again – Tory education shadow Michael Gove shows himself to be a grade-a tool here: //bit.ly/9vHumR

  19. TinTin

    Tory Thurrock LEA(a small authority within Tory Essex) has 17 schools without any headteacher (out of 47 schools) now. Gove’s nonsense policies don’t even begin to address that sort of crisis.

  20. John West

    RT @AdamBienkov: Credit to Brillo where it's due. Top notch demolition job on Gove here: //cli.gs/JPv6B Gove

  21. myinfamy

    Conservative schools policy disintegrates on daytime TV //cli.gs/JPv6B #torytombstone

  22. Kevin Arscott

    RT @AdamBienkov: Conservative schools policy disintegrates on daytime TV //cli.gs/JPv6B (via @leftfootfwd)

  23. James Herron

    RT @AdamBienkov: Conservative schools policy disintegrates on daytime TV //cli.gs/JPv6B (via @leftfootfwd)

  24. Kevin Mills

    RT @uponnothing: RT @AdamBienkov: Conservative schools policy disintegrates on daytime TV //cli.gs/JPv6B (via @leftfootfwd)

  25. Nick J Gold

    “Ah but she’s a lovely person…” Priceless.

  26. Harry Harris

    RT @chickyog: Have to Tweet this again – Tory education shadow Michael Gove shows himself to be a grade-a tool here: //bit.ly/9vHumR

  27. Daniel Pitt

    Conservative schools policy disintegrates on daytime TV //cli.gs/JPv6B #torytombstone

  28. James Grime

    RT @AdamBienkov: Conservative schools policy disintegrates on daytime TV //cli.gs/JPv6B (via @leftfootfwd)

  29. Emma Robinson

    RT: @uponnothing: RT @AdamBienkov: Conservative schools policy disintegrates on daytime TV //cli.gs/JPv6B (via @leftfootfwd)

  30. Alan McKechan

    RT @leftfootfwd: Gove ties himself up in knots over "free schools" policy: //cli.gs/JPv6B

  31. B Dog

    I have been confused about why Tories are flogging this dead horse for so long now, and why no-one has noticed that there is little evidence that Academies fix anything (only the opposite if anything).
    And they have hidden original suggestions they made about letting parents take money from BSF to fund new schools if the parent didn’t find corporate sponsors.
    If you want to understand how muddled up Gove seems to have become read my article on the subject://www.labourhome.org/?p=9902

  32. Mr. Sensible

    Tory education policy is all over the place, like everything else they touch.

    To summarize, these are the key points:
    1. Centralize the planning process for ‘free schools’, whilst at the same time preaching decentralization for our other public services. And base the idea on a failing system elsewhere.

    2. Make teaching elitist, despite one of his party’s advisers happening to fall outside of their proposed standards.

    3. Effectively privatize our education system by the back door. I don’t see why Labour is keeping the academies system going either, but the Tory idea is something else.

    4. Put a lot of faith in teaching staff not to cheat, by removing external examinations for Key stages 1 and 2. I think the government deserves some criticism there as well, pandering to the unions by scrapping the SATS test for science; one of our most important subjects for the development needed to get us out of recession.

    I would just like to ask Gove if I can have the spade back..Tory education policy is all over the place, like everything else they touch.

    To summarize, these are the key points:
    1. Centralize the planning process for ‘free schools’, whilst at the same time preaching decentralization for our other public services. And base the idea on a failing system elsewhere.

    2. Make teaching elitist, despite one of his party’s advisers happening to fall outside of their proposed standards.

    3. Effectively privatize our education system by the back door. I don’t see why Labour is keeping the academies system going either, but the Tory idea is something else.

    4. Put a lot of faith in teaching staff not to cheat, by removing external examinations for Key stages 1 and 2. I think the government deserves some criticism there as well, pandering to the unions by scrapping the SATS test for science; one of our most important subjects for the development needed to get us out of recession.

    I would just like to ask Gove if I can have the spade back….

  33. Amy Bentley

    RT @leftfootfwd: Gove ties himself up in knots over "free schools" policy //bit.ly/bwE1jd

  34. "Resounding endorsement" of Labour's record on education | Left Foot Forward

    […] Gove’s prohibition on teaching for graduates with third class degrees or lower – dubbed “The Carol Vorderman […]

  35. steve harper

    RT @leftfootfwd: Gove ties himself up in knots over "free schools" policy //cli.gs/JPv6B – what an @rse

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