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    Education secretary Michael Gove will come under heavy fire from the leader of teachers' union the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, later on today.

    Some key points from some of the news reports around the web...

    The education secretary, Michael Gove, is accused of the "shameful neglect" of pupils as the teachers' union conference season in England gets under way.

    Mary Bousted, the general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, will tell the ATL conference in Liverpool that the Conservative reforms are "undermining and harming our pupils' education". Her speech includes attacks on the education secretary and alleges that he is attempting to force schools to secede from the state system.
    The Guardian

    Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), will say the Education Secretary is "undermining everything we stand for". She will accuse him of sending a "gang of arm-twisters" to force schools to comply with his policies and become academies.

    Dr Bousted, who will take the unusual step of devoting her entire speech at the opening of her annual conference in Liverpool to an attack on Mr Gove, will acknowledge her union has a reputation for being moderate, before saying: "It is my duty to castigate the man who is undermining everything we stand for … There is just too much going wrong in the state of the Department for Education for it to be ignored. The lack of proper regard for evidence is undermining and harming our pupils' education."
    The Independent

    Bousted will continue:
    "Now, in 2013, every aspect of the curriculum you teach, the qualifications you prepare children to take, are under attack and review.

    "Michael Gove should take heed. When the changes come so thick and fast, without time for consultation or even consideration, when the changes are so wrong-headed, so damaging to children's education, then the morale of the profession plummets."
    Huffington Post

    It's the latest in an increasingly long line of hammerings for Gove, following a letter to The Independent from 100 academics that warned the education secretary's new curriculum will damage standards.

    Gove had his say about that one over the weekend, in a column for the Daily Mail.

    There are millions of talented young people being denied the opportunity to succeed as they deserve. Far too many are having their potential thwarted by a new set of Enemies Of Promise.

    The new Enemies Of Promise are a set of politically motivated individuals who have been actively trying to prevent millions of our poorest children getting the education they need.
    Daily Mail

    But does anyone other than Gove himself have any confidence in what he's doing with (to?) the education system?

    Well I'd expect union general secs to be sounding off. The way to advance within a union is largely to be as mouthy and militant sounding as possible in public. The membership like to elect officials who seen like they'll fight hard for their interests and get them a better deal.

    Tbh There's a lot of specific grievances but I agree with gove that there's far too much junk in the national curriculum, since it's introduction the way to show 'issues' are 'being taken seriously' is to lobby to have them shoehorned into the nc. Teachers and schools will Imo manage to cover stuff without having an unwieldy prescription in the nc.
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