Education Secretary Michael Gove is hankering after “a bygone era where everything was considered rosy”, the leader of the country’s independent girls’ schools says today in a damning verdict on his reform programme. Louise Robinson, president of the Girls’ School Association, argues schools should prepare pupils for the “Star Trek society” of the 2020’s instead of looking back at the 1950’s and 60’s. This is from the Independent…
In an interview with The Independent, Mrs Robinson, headmistrees of Merchant Taylor’s Girls’ school in Crosby, Liverpool, added: “You can’t be forcing a 1960s curriculum and exam structure on schools. These children are going to be going out into the world of the 2020s and 2030s. It is going to be very different from Michael Gove’s dream of what it should be.”
Her remarks show a significant rift is developing between Mr Gove and independent schools over his reforms which are based on a return to a more traditional academic model.
Mrs Robinson, who will make her plea for a more modern curriculum a key focus of her address to her annual conference later this month, is particularly critical of his planned reforms to GCSE. Under Mr Gove’s blueprint, they will be replaced in the core subject areas – initially of English, maths and science – by his new English Baccalaureate certificate.
She said she feels the Government is “moving too far, too fast” on the reforms by not allowing time to pilot them in schools first.
“I don’t think it is taking into account the future,” she added. “I personally think we’re going back to a bygone era where everything was considered rosy. I don’t like the idea of the creative curriculum being forgotten about and treated as though it is second class.”