Education Select Commitee 15/05/2013 – Gove on Curriculum & Accountability Reform

15th May 2013

Today’s Education Select Committee saw Michael Gove questioned for two hours about his curriculum and accountability reforms. Gove seemed in good humour – confident, calm, very very knowledgeable. Critics may not like his conclusions, but they are undoubtedly well rehearsed.

Unlike previous Committees, this one was quite unfocused. Topics shifted at rapid pace. Gove sometimes hinted at a new policy  – e.g. moving from lettered grades at GCSE to numbered grades – without anyone digging for details. Graham Stuart, the Committee chair, occasionally pressed for clearer answers but Gove’s master evasion tactics served him well when necessary.

So, what was said? And what’s this thing about number grades? Do read on…