Michael Gove has attacked the vested interests in education inÂ theÂ UK. the same issues are facing us here in New Zealand, especially with teacher unions.
Education standards risk being undermined âby vested interests determined to hold back reformâ, Michael Gove has said on the eve of a major national teachers’ strike.
In a swipe at classroom unions, the Education Secretary says attempts to reform schools have ânot always been easyâ because too many teachers believe âthings must stay the sameâ.
Writing for The Telegraph, Mr Gove says large numbers of pupils across Europe â including England â are facing a bleak future unless extra effort is made to raise standards and create more equal access to good schools.
He says teaching standards must improve because too many children are still attending schools that âarenât good enoughâ.
The comments are made in a joint article with education ministers from Spain and Portugal as a major international conference is staged in London on Wednesday â just a day before Britainâs biggest teaching union prepares for a national strike over Coalition education reforms.
Education ministers, teachers and school leaders from seven countries are expected to attend the summit co-hosted by the Department for Education.
It is expected to place renewed focus on a series of Government education policies including the creation of a new generation academies and free schools, more freedom for head teachers, an overhaul of the curriculum and a new-style league tables focusing on achievement in core subjects.
Mr Gove has also introduced a wave of reforms aimed at teachers including raising the bar on entry to the profession and a new system of performance-related pay.
The reforms have been met with furious opposition from classroom unions who claim Mr Gove has turned teaching into one of the worst jobs in the world.
On Thursday, the National Union of Teachers will stage a one-day strike across England and Wales in protest over performance-related pay and escalating workload.
It threatens to shut around a quarter of state schools and lead to the partial closure of many more â forcing millions of parents to take the day off work or seek emergency childcare.
But writing in the Telegraph, Mr Gove said the Coalitionâs reforms were typical of those being pursued across Europe and the developed world. Read more »