James Forsyth James Forsyth

Many of Britain’s best head teachers backed Michael Gove

Reading the papers over the last few days, you’d be forgiven for thinking that no teachers backed Michael Gove and his agenda. But a letter in The Sunday Times yesterday told a very different story.

Signed by 76 people, most of them head teachers of outstanding schools in deprived areas, it praised him as ‘a man of great conviction’ and declared that his ‘passion to level the playing field has been unwavering.’

The letter is a reminder that many of the best heads in the country were in favour of the Gove agenda because they realised that the status quo was not good enough.

Here’s the letter and the full list of signatories:

Many column inches have been afforded to teachers celebrating the departure of Michael Gove as secretary of state for education, but we as head teachers, teachers and educationalists think it vital that we also mark his achievements and thank him for the difference he has made for some of the most disadvantaged children.

Politics aside, Gove is a man of great conviction. In education that conviction has always been to ensure that where you are born doesn’t have to determine where you end up. Gove witnessed the power of a great education first hand and has used his tenure to champion opportunities for children and families who too often have little choice.

His achievements range from laying the foundations for the first free state boarding school for children from the inner city and giving great teachers more opportunity than ever before to turn around failing schools in the poorest parts of the country to allowing great head teachers to set up new schools in disadvantaged areas to ensure that more children can benefit from outstanding teaching.

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