Education barrister David Wolfe said: 'It is hard to escape the conclusion that this bill is undemocratic.What this does is remove the public process' (The Guardian 6 June 2010).With Cameron (Conservative) as Prime Minister, Nick Clegg (Liberal Democrat) as his deputy, and George Osborne (Conservative) as Chancellor of the Exchequer, the coalition government's first priority was to plan for drastic cuts in public expenditure.
It was then revealed that the number of schools which had actually applied for academy status was not a thousand, as Gove had claimed, but only 153 (The Guardian 29 July 2010).
Of these, just 32 opened as academies in September (The Independent 2 September 2010).
'For all that we have heard from the new government about devolving power, this is actually a much more highly centralised system of control' (The Guardian 6 June 2010).
Gove claimed the country was falling behind the rest of the world in science, literacy and maths and insisted that his plan to transform England's schools would improve the education of the poorest children.
The Bill was passed by 317 votes to 225, a government majority of 92.
Six Liberal Democrat MPs voted for an amendment calling for more consultation with parents, but this was defeated by 77 votes.
Introduction, Contents Chapter 1 600-1800 Beginnings Chapter 2 1800-1860 Towards a state system Chapter 3 1860-1900 Class divisions Chapter 4 1900-1944 Taking shape Chapter 5 1944-1951 Post-war reconstruction Chapter 6 1951-1970 The wind of change Chapter 7 1970-1979 Recession and disenchantment Chapter 8 1979-1990 Thatcherism: marketisation Chapter 9 1990-1997 John Major: more of the same Chapter 10 1997-2007 The Blair decade Chapter 11 2007-2010 Brown and Balls: mixed messages Chapter 12 2010 What future for education in England?
Chapter 13 2010-2015 Gove v The Blob this is a draft of a chapter which will form part of the revised version currently in preparation Timeline Glossary Bibliography The new administration 2010-11 Gove: a man in a hurry The schools Academies Free schools School buildings Other budget cuts Faith schools Admissions Code White Paper: The Importance of Teaching Curriculum and qualifications SATs Phonics GCSE National Curriculum Review Other matters Teachers Higher education 2011-12 Acceleration The schools Academies Free schools School buildings Other budget cuts Education Act 2011 Ofsted Other school matters Curriculum and qualifications National Curriculum Review GCSE A Level Other curriculum matters Teachers Morale General Teaching Council Pay and conditions Training Dismissal Higher education 2012-13 Growing concerns The schools Academies Free schools Faith schools School buildings School places School meals Pupil premium Curriculum and qualifications National Curriculum Review From GCSE to EBacc - and back A Level Other curriculum matters Teachers Pay and conditions, morale Teacher training and supply Higher education Other issues Scotland Sure Start Df E 2013-14 Downfall The schools Academies Free schools Faith schools School places School meals Behaviour Curriculum and qualifications Tests and league tables Special needs Early years GCSE A Level Ofsted Teachers The Blunkett Review Poverty and social mobility The Trojan Horse affair Morgan replaces Gove 2014-15 New face - same old policies The schools Academies Free schools Faith schools Education budget School places Selection Other school matters Curriculum and qualifications SATs GCSE A Level Other matters Teachers Poverty and social mobility 2015 General election Conclusions Themes Marketisation The teaching profession An outmoded view of education Inconvenient evidence Power to the centre Gove The new Tory government References copyright Derek Gillard 2016 Education in England: a brief history is my copyright.
Meanwhile, the problems with academies - and the widespread hostility to them - showed no signs of abating: Shireland Collegiate Academy in Sandwell - a school which, before it became an academy, inspectors had rated as 'outstanding' and whose head had been knighted for services to education - was now classified as 'inadequate' (The Guardian ); in the three years since it had become an academy, Southwark's St Michael and All Angels school had lost more than a hundred staff and descended into chaos: the head had been booed by pupils at assembly and a chair had been thrown at a teacher (The Guardian 3 February 2011); and the Yorkshire Post revealed that Wakefield council was investigating how Michael Wilkins, head of Outwood Grange Academy, appeared to have earned 1m in four years.
Gove had described Wilkins as one of the country's 'great school leaders' (The Guardian 21 March 2011).
He told MPs that the legislation would bring 'new dynamism' to a programme that had lifted standards for all children and helped the disadvantaged most of all.