Speaking on the new Sunday
Politics Show, Michael Gove said that it would take a decade for his reforms to change education in this country. Pressed by Andrew Neil on whether he would be able to reverse England’s
fall in the PISA rankings, Gove remarked that it would take ten years before we can see whether his
reforms have worked in reversing England’s educational decline in comparison to other OECD economies.
Interestingly, Gove suggested that one of the measures of the success of his reforms was whether private schools started entering the state sector. He also defended his decision to force some
schools to become academies. He argued that he was acting because some underperforming schools were not interested in improving because of the ‘old Trot, political element’ in
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