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News - 3 February 2014

Education Secretary calls for state schools to be more like private schools

Education Secretary Michael Gove has said that state schools in England should be more like private schools, and that he wants to break down the "Berlin Wall" between state and independent sectors.

The education secretary, speaking at the London Academy of Excellence, says that for decades "the dominant consensus has been that state education in England was barely satisfactory". He continued saying that he wants to push state schools further so that they become indistinguishable from private schools.

Lavinia Newman, founder of ABDS and an active school governor comments:
“The Education Secretary says he wants schools to be able to stay open longer for nine or 10 hour days. This would allow more time for after-school activities or to provide a place for children to do their homework. This would also bring them into line with Academies who can already set their own hours.”

Michael Gove also praised the "superb leadership" of Sir Michael Wilshaw, Ofsted's chief inspector, denying claims that his team had briefed against the inspectorate.

If you need any help and advice with Free Schools, Academy Schools or Charities, contact Lavinia Newman or Peter Ham now to discuss how ABDS can help bring their experience to these matters.

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