Gove: My department is not full of 'nodding dogs'

Michael Gove has insisted that his department is not a "gallery of nodding dogs" amid a warning that he should not surround himself with "yes men".

Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove
Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove Credit: oe Giddens/PA Archive

Civil servants at the Department for Education (DfE) are skilled at saying "yes, no, maybe or just sucking their teeth if they want to let me know it's a bad idea," the Education Secretary said.

His comments follow a public row with Labour and Lib Dem MPs following the decision to replace the chair of Ofsted, Labour's Baroness Sally Morgan.

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Michael Gove warned not to surround himself with 'yes men'

Education Secretary Michael Gove should not surround himself with "yes men" or "believe his own hype", former Ofsted chief inspector Sir David Bell said. Sir David made the comments after Mr Gove decided to replace the head of Ofsted.