Thursday, 29 November 2012

GUARDIAN - Top Tory accuses Michael Gove of 'bully boy tactics' over academies

Lancashire county council leader, Geoff Driver, turns on education secretary for ignoring improvements in LEA schools.
Michael Gove has been accused by one of the Tories' most senior figures in local government of resorting to "bully boy tactics" to drum up support for his flagship academies and to undermine traditional schools.

In a scathing letter to the education secretary, the leader of Lancashire county council says it is "incredulous" that he fails to acknowledge improvements in schools still under the control of local education authorities.

Geoff Driver, a Conservative who represents Preston North on the county council, turned on Gove in a five-page letter after the education secretary said in a letter to Lancashire MPs that its schools were under-performing. His letter followed a warning in July by Dr Elizabeth Sidwell, the schools commissioner for England, that primary schools in the county would thrive as academies "rather than staying under the control of the local authority, which clearly isn't working".

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