David Cameron is set to threaten 3,500 schools assessed as “requiring improvement” with the replacement of their headteachers or their whole governing body — with the schools in question being taken over by an academy trust. With the PM due to make a speech on the issue later today, education secretary Nicky Morgan tells the BBC: “one of […]

While claims that Michael Gove will replace the chair of Britain’s schools inspectorate with a Tory donor splashed the papers earlier this week, regular Scrapbook readers may have been less than surprised — as the education secretary is absolutely shameless in placing Tories in supposedly non-political roles. Leaving genuine political advisers to one side, here’s a run-down of his cronies: £2M EDUCATION […]

Readers may remember 28 year-old Conservative Tom Shinner, whose utterly farcical over-promotion to a £105,000 Whitehall director role by Michael Gove was highlighted by Scrapbook back in January. Shinner’s original toehold in the education bureaucracy (prior to catching the Gove gravy train) was as a director/governor of Greenwich Free School, whose recent inspection enables us to evaluate his performance and […]

Michael Gove has appointed yet another Tory to a senior and supposedly impartial role in the education sector — by promoting his 28 year-old policy adviser to be his department’s £105,000-a-year director of strategy. Tom Shinner’s qualifications for the top civil service role include experience as a junior management consultant, setting up one of Gove’s beloved free […]