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Headteachers have declared they have no confidence in the Government's education policies at the National Association of Head Teachers union conference in Birmingham.
Education Secretary Michael Gove met some of the teachers at a question and answer session - where he faced a barrage of hostile questions.
Mr Gove refused to apologise for what he said was "trying to raise standards in classrooms".
ITV News correspondent Romilly Weeks reports from Birmingham:
Responding to a union leader's description of him as a "fanatical personal trainer," Mr Gove said: "You'd have to be a fanatical personal trainer to want to take me on".
He received no applause when he was introduced at a question and answer session at the National Association of Head Teachers' conference in Birmingham.
Education Secretary Michael Gove got the first round of applause of his address to the NAHT conference when he said he is "having second thoughts" about his plans for overhauling the teaching of history of schools.
He said he still wanted there to be an emphasis on "chronology" and "understanding narrative of this country," but that he did not want only British history to be taught, as some believe.
Headteachers have declared they have no confidence in the Government's education policies at the NAHT union conference in Birmingham.
President of the National Association of Head Teachers, Bernadette Hunter told the union's conference in Birmingham that current Government policies on education are "damaging schools" and negatively affecting pupils' lives.
Kenny Frederick, a headteacher and member of the NAHT executive, has accused the Education Secretary Michael Gove of wanting to "bring us back to 1950s".
Speaking on the BBC's Radio 5 Live, she said that Mr Gove has not listened to teachers and that his plan was destined to "fall flat on its face".
Mr Gove is expected to receive an angry reception when he speaks at the NAHT conference in Birmingham this afternoon.
Bernadette Hunter, president of the National Association of Head Teachers is expected to tell delegates at the NAHT's annual conference in Birmingham today that many schools "have lost their sense of humour, buried under piles of data and spread sheets".
She warned the entire education system was "being dismantled before our eyes and fragmentation and division are everywhere".
There was a "continual denigration of our professionalism and a worrying creeping privatisation of education," she said.
Schools are losing their sense of humour under piles of data and spreadsheets as headteachers are forced to "wrestle with an octopus" of government initiatives and reforms, a union leader will warn today.
Heads are becoming tired of constant change to the education system, and believe it is being dismantled before their eyes, according to Bernadette Hunter, president of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT).
In a strongly-worded attack, Ms Hunter will say she believes that Education Secretary Michael Gove is not a champion of education, and liken the minister to a "fanatical personal trainer" urging headteachers to go "faster, faster, higher and higher".
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Michael Gove faced the wrath of headteachers over the state of the education system, just hours after they passed a vote of no confidence.