Posts Tagged “michael gove”

From ‘Gove Levels’ to EBC and back to GCSEs – 5 quick thoughts

by Stephen Tall on February 7, 2013

The EBC is dead! Long live the GCSE! That appears to be the headline from this morning’s news that Michael Gove is about to U-turn on his plans to reform the exams sat by 16 year-olds in England. Five initial (…)

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Michael Gove: my holiday romance with David Laws

by Stephen Tall on December 15, 2012

Michael Gove gives great talking head — in an interview with the Spectator’s Fraser Nelson, he says this of his relationship with Lib Dem schools minister David Laws: Gove has more kind words for the Liberal Democrats, with whom he (…)

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Your essential weekend reader — 12 must-read articles you may have missed

by Stephen Tall on November 24, 2012

It’s Saturday morning, so here are twelve thought-provoking articles to stimulate your thinking juices… The lottery of life: Where to be born in 2013 – The Economist‘s annual list of the top quality-of-life countries: ‘Being rich helps more than anything else, but it is not all that counts; things like crime, trust in public institutions […]

Clegg and Gove show united front on plan to overhaul GCSEs

by Stephen Tall on September 17, 2012

Nick Clegg and Michael Gove will today present a carefully joined up front as they present proposals to overhaul GCSEs. In June, the two clashed after the education secretary let slip his desire to return to O-levels, swiftly dubbed ‘Gove-levels’. The Lib Dem leader immediately dismissing any notion of a return to a two-tier system […]

This week’s CentreForum ‘Liberal Hero of the Week’ #2 (as chosen by me) – Michael Gove

by Stephen Tall on June 22, 2012

Cross-posted from CentreForum… Welcome to the second in a new series here on CentreForum’s blog — Liberal Hero of the Week — as chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice.  The aim is simple enough: to showcase public (…)

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What are exams for? Okay, you can turn over your paper now…

by Stephen Tall on June 22, 2012

Last weekend, I sat a GCSE ‘mock’ exam. I haven’t had my mark back yet, but I think I did okay. Of course, this was just the foundation tier exam so even if I score top marks the maximum grade (…)

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Telegraph apologises for false slurs on Huhne and offensive Cristina Odone article

by Stephen Tall on January 21, 2012

The Daily Telegraph has been forced into a humiliating climbdown after making what it now admits were false claims about Lib Dem cabinet minister Chris Huhne. The paper had splashed on allegations that it was Huhne who had leaked the letter from Michael Gove suggesting taxpayers might make a gift of a new royal yacht […]

LDVideo: Nick Clegg – Public won’t back Queen yacht idea

by Stephen Tall on January 16, 2012

Conservative cabinet minister Michael Gove’s suggestion that a new royal yacht should be “a gift from the nation to her majesty” on the occasion of her diamond jubilee earned diplomatically short shrift from Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg …

LDV Caption Competition | Michael Gove “May the Lego be with you” Edition

by Stephen Tall on January 14, 2012

There’s no prize at stake – just the opportunity to prove you’re wittier than any other LDV reader… Here’s Tory secretary of state for education Michael Gove clutching a box of Star Wars lego. What do you think might be being said or thought by or about him? And the winner of our last caption […]

Lib Dems’ Moore praises Gove apology as schools building programme axe triggers coalition tensions

by Stephen Tall on July 9, 2010

The blunder in the education department which led to the publication of a list of axed school building schemes containing 25 errors continues to rumble on. Conservative education secretary Michael Gove has apologised and taken the rap for his officials’ mistakes. The Lib Dems’ Michael Moore was sympathetic to Mr Gove’s plight on the BBC’s […]