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August 14th, 2011 at 6:19 pm

What is Gove’s Real Agenda? by Matt Pearson

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Read Matt Pearson on the link between Gove, Free Schools and recent civil unrest

‘Before the riots and civil unrest came to dominate the news, the Independent carried a story about the Diaspora Free School whose application had been rejected http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/free-school-to-combat-gang-culture-turned-down-by-gove-2331385.html.  The school planned to open in Lewisham with a specific focus on helping young people address the issue of gang culture.  The school’s application was turned down despite being led by two experienced teachers and despite having 110 expressions of interest in parents for 120 places.  Everything about this proposal seems to be right in terms of my understanding of what Gove wants from his free school project. Firstly it is being set up as a result of local need, secondly it has plans to do something meaningful with the curricula freedom which being a free school confers and thirdly it is looking to do something different and innovative, perhaps pushing others schools in the area to try harder faced with this new competition.  The teachers behind the project described the rejection of their proposal as ‘patronising flippancy’.  There are now serious concerns that the approval process for Free Schools is complex and opaque; the very opposite of the ideology of supply side reforms which attracted Michael Gove to this neo-liberal policy innovation…read more it.ly/o6rOvh

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