Anna Sargent

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Eight priorities to improve primary education

<i>Back in 2004, a group of education practitioners and researchers from across the UK came together to examine the state of primary education in England.</i><p><i>In 2006 the Cambridge Primary Review (CPR) was officially launched and, after three years collecting evidence from research, interviews, focus</i> …

Michael Gove rewrites school rules to scrap right for four-year-olds to have full-time primary places

Michael Gove, the education secretary, has scrapped the automatic right for four-year-olds to be given a full-time place in school. Rules introduced by Labour in 2009 have been rewritten to remove an explicit guarantee.<p>In what could become a landmark case, one mother is considering legal action …

Michael Gove's monocultural version of the English literature curriculum

Michael Gove and his education department are at it again, this time playing lord and master over the new GCSE English literature curriculum. It would seem that the bruising battle and inevitable defeat sustained over his changes to the history curriculum did not, sadly, result in combat fatigue. …

Michael Gove: I deplore the teaching unions, but not striking teachers

With the upcoming teaching unions’ strikes, is Michael Gove battling the teachers? Just days after the new school term has begun, the unions have announced the dates of the strikes — including one in the middle of the Tory conference — while blaming the Education Secretary for not listening to the …

Michael Gove offers social justice in reverse. That's why I back the strikes

The main claim made by Michael Gove at the Conservative party conference was that his education policies are focused on "social justice". It was a lacklustre speech that sounded more like a list of acknowledgements. For a large section of it, he thanked his ministers: Edward Timpson for helping …

In Michael Gove's world Jane Austen, Orwell and Dickens will die out

Michael Gove is Mr M'Choakumchild and Thomas Gradgrind personified: "What I want is, Facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life. Plant nothing else, and root out everything else." In Gove's schools, whatever might seize the imagination, give pleasure and …

No, Mr Gove, social workers don't lack compassion or intellect. They lack time and resources

When David Cameron sang the praises of social workers at the last Tory party conference, it came as something of a shock to the profession. Now Michael Gove is arguing that the prime minister did not go far enough in explaining "just how difficult, how challenging, how important and how inspiring …

Michael Gove on a quest to reform social work training

Michael Gove, the education secretary, will announce a "personal" mission for a radical plan to reform social work on Monday – citing his own life which was "transformed because of the skill of social workers and the love of parents who were not my biological mother and father" as proof of the …