Whoever said Gove does not listen to teachers? At the Spectator education conference last week, he mentioned an article I wrote for the April edition of Standpoint magazine.
Here is the video of his speech. Watch from 12:28.
The Standpoint piece he refers to can be found here. In it, I argue that the excuses culture that burdens British schools originates in a ‘sociological view’ of education. For generations, teachers have been told that socio-economic background has an irreversible effect on the academic prospects of a child. As a result, this message becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy in our classrooms. A culture of ‘no-excuses’ is the only way that we can counter this soft bigotry of low expectations.