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.

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

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