Gove accused of pupil 'neglect'

Education Secretary Michael Gove is accused of the "shameful neglect" of pupils by Mary Bousted, the general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers.

Union chief's comments 'couldn't be further from the truth'

A spokeswoman for the Department for Education has dismissed criticisms by Dr Mary Bousted of Michael Gove's education policy, saying that they "couldn't be further from the truth".

These accusations couldn't be further from the truth.

Mary Bousted claims that the academies programme has no democratic backing - this is nonsense.

It was passed by Parliament and has been hugely popular, with more than a third of all secondary schools choosing to convert to enjoy the freedoms and autonomy it brings.

We will not stand by and let children fail. We are improving under-performing schools by matching them with sponsors who are turning them around in their hundreds.

– Spokeswoman for the Department for Education

Union leader attacks Gove's 'constant meddling'

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), will today argue that Michael Gove's "unjust, incessant and unfair criticism of teachers and lecturers" has ruined their pride in their professionalism.

What is even worse is that you have shamefully neglected the children and young people in schools and colleges at present.

What are they to think of you who have shown so little care of them, of the qualifications they work so hard to attain and of their future life chances? Your constant meddling, changes and U-turns make life impossible for today's youngsters.

Young people have just one chance, in each life time, to receive a broad and balanced education.

Young people, their parents, their teachers, their potential employers, society at large, deserves much better than this.

– Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers

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Gove accused of 'damaging' education reforms

Michael Gove
Michael Gove Credit: David Jones/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Michael Gove is accused today of "shamefully neglecting" the nation's children and going ahead with reforms that will "damage" education.

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), will attack the education secretary over policy issues at the ATL's annual conference in Liverpool later today.

According to Dr Bousted, pupils are suffering while teachers' morale is at "rock bottom".

"Michael Gove should take heed. When the changes come so thick and fast, without time for consultation or even consideration; when the changes are so wrong-headed, so damaging to children's education, then the morale of the profession plummets," she said.