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PM hails Gove as 'one of my real stars' despite move

David Cameron has hailed outgoing Education Secretary Michael Gove as "one of my big hitters, one of my real stars" and said he was pleased to have moved him into one of the most important jobs in government.

Prime Minister David Cameron (right) and outgoing Education Secretary Michael Gove Credit: PA

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Michael Gove 'lost support of teachers and parents'

Outgoing Education secretary Michael Gove had "lost the support of the profession and parents", the National Union of Teachers has said.

NUT protests against Michael Gove in Bristol last year. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Archive

"His pursuit of the unnecessary and often unwanted free schools and academies programme, the use of unqualified teachers, the failure to address the school place crisis and endless ill-thought out reforms to examinations and the curriculum have been his hallmark in office," the group said.

“Michael Gove’s search for headlines over speaking to the profession has clearly angered teachers. We remain in dispute over the direction of Government policy, which we believe is undermining the education service."

“We will be seeking a very early meeting with Nicky Morgan, the incoming Education Secretary, and we look forward to not only a new personality but a more conciliatory approach, one that demonstrates an improvement in policy for children, teachers and young people.”

Morgan told to avoid new reforms amid tribute to Gove

New Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has been urged to avoid trying to "mark (her) mark" with "another raft of reforms" upon replacing Michael Gove.

Brian Lightman, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), stood apart from other leading education unions in paying tribute to the departing Education Secretary.

"As someone who has had extensive contact with Michael Gove I have absolutely no doubt that he has a passion for improving the life chances of young people," he said.

Yet Mr Lightman added: "Many of his reforms have been highly controversial and time will tell what the impact is."

Gove 'chased headlines rather than talk to teachers'

The head of the teachers and lecturers union has said she is glad to see the departure of an Education Secretary who "chased newspaper headlines rather than engage with teachers" and became "more of a liability than an asset" for the Government.

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said David Cameron "has, belatedly, realised that Michael Gove's ideological drive is no substitute for measured, pragmatic reform of the education system". She added:

The dismantling of the structures which support schools, the antagonism which (Gove) displayed to the teaching profession and the increasing evidence of chaos in the bodies he established - in particular the Education Funding Agency - has led Cameron to one conclusion - Gove is more of a liability than an asset.

Successful education systems value the views of the teaching profession, which Gove insulted when he called them 'the blob'. ATL looks forward to a more constructive relationship with his successor, Nicky Morgan.

Osborne: Morgan will be 'brilliant' Education Secretary

Chancellor George Osborne has paid tribute to Nicky Morgan as she surprisingly replaces Michael Gove as Education Secretary in the Cabinet reshuffle.

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Ofsted chief 'sad' at Michael Gove's departure

Ofsted chief Michael Wilshaw has told ITV News he is shocked to see Michael Gove replaced as Education Secretary.

Westminster News Editor Samana Haq reports:

Gove discusses reshuffle shortly before surprise move

Michael Gove told ITV News he was "privileged" to be part of the Prime Minister's Cabinet shortly before it was announced he has been removed as Education Secretary during the reshuffle.

"Every job in Cabinet is there on the basis of the Prime Minister's decision about who is the best individual to do any individual job," he said.

Mr Gove, who takes up the role as Commons Chief Whip, also paid tribute to William Hague as a "fantastic Foreign Secretary".

Michael Gove moved from Education to Chief Whip role

Education Secretary Michael Gove, who has faced strong opposition from teachers' unions during his tenure, is to become Commons Chief Whip, David Cameron has confirmed.

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