Gove no confidence vote passed

Teachers today passed a vote of no confidence in Education Secretary Michael Gove and Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw.

Gove and Wilshaw 'suck life out of education system'

Speaking after the vote of no confidence in Education Secretary Michael Gove and Ofsted Chief Inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw was passed, ATL general secretary Mary Bousted said:

Michael Gove and Sir Michael Wilshaw are like Blood Brothers, with a pact to suck the life and hope out of our education system and the teachers who work within it.

Dr Bousted said teachers feel demoralised and "do not see the reality of Mr Gove and Sir Michael's criticism and constant denigration in the work that they do".

"When you've tried your hardest and you keep being ignored, then, in the end, you lose confidence and that's what conference has overwhelmingly said today."

ATL vote in no confidence in Michael Gove is a first

The vote of no confidence in Education Secretary Michael Gove and Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw was given overwhelming support by members attending the Association of Teachers and Lecturers conference in Liverpool.

It is understood to be the first time that ATL has passed a resolution of no confidence in a Secretary of State.

Mr Gove has stoked teachers' anger in the past year over his proposed changes to their pay and pensions, as well as major reforms to exams and the curriculum.

Teachers have also expressed concerns about Ofsted inspections, which they claim are hugely stressful.

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Teachers pass vote of no confidence in Michael Gove

Teachers have passed a vote of no confidence in Education Secretary Michael Gove and Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw.

Education Secretary Michael Gove. Credit: Press Assocation

Both men have failed to improve education or treat teachers, parents or pupils with respect, according to delegates at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) annual conference in Liverpool.

Jean Roberts, an ATL member said: "We want to send a clear message that we are saying enough is enough."