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.
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