Nick Gibb

Michael Gove Is a Conviction Politician Determined to Change Our Country for the Better

Nick Gibb | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Politics
Nick Gibb

Michael doesn't let obstacles get in the way of his drive for improving the life chances and opportunities of those who are failed by government. He is demanding but, in my experience, incredibly loyal and supportive of his colleagues. He set a clear direction but gave me the freedom and autonomy to develop the agenda and shape legislation.

Cameron Ducks Grammar Test For 10 Yr-Olds

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK Politics

David Cameron has refused to answer a grammar test faced by 11-year-olds - and in the process suggested his own private education wasn’t up to scrat...

Tory Minister Nick Gibb Fails Exam Question Set For 11-Year-Olds Live On BBC Radio

The Huffington Post | Ned Simons | Posted 03.05.2016 | UK Politics

Schools minister Nick Gibb today fluffed an exam question set for 11 year old pupils. Parents are today protesting against the so-called Sats tests fo...

Nick Gibb Compared To Chairman Mao After Radio 4 Appearance

The Huffington Post | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 25.03.2016 | UK Politics

Schools minister Nick Gibb appeared on Radio 4 on Friday morning to defend his party's recent proposal to force schools in England to convert to acade...

Allow Our Children to Grieve

Zoe Clark-Coates | Posted 16.12.2015 | UK Parents
Zoe Clark-Coates

Yesterday you spoke on Radio 4's Today programme, and said children are not permitted to take more than one day off school if a family member dies. I think we were not the only people who sat open mouthed as these words came from your mouth.

Exclusion Is a Necessary Tool - But Schools Are Handling Behaviour Better Than Ever Before

Nick Gibb | Posted 30.07.2016 | UK Politics
Nick Gibb

The new freedoms and greater clarity over exclusions given to head teachers is having a positive impact on behaviour. I am hugely encouraged by what schools have achieved - but parents know we cannot be complacent until all children are being taught in safe, calm and studious classrooms.

Exam Boards Ridiculed As New 'Tougher' GCSE History Exam Asks Students To 'Spot The Difference'

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Barrett | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A new 'tougher' GCSE History exam has been ridiculed for including 'spot the difference' questions, where pupils are provided with two pictures and as...

Minister Comes Out And Announces He Will Marry Secret Partner Of 29 Years

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 06.06.2015 | UK Politics

The schools minister has come out as gay announced he plans to marry the man he has secretly been in a relationship with for nearly three decades. ...

Why My Heathen Kids Need a Religious Education

Michelle Beckett | Posted 11.04.2015 | UK
Michelle Beckett

I would like my children to have an understanding of different religious worldviews, and in turn, I want other kids of all faiths to understand theirs, and how it shapes the choices and decisions they make in life.

Nothing in Education Is More Important Than Reading

Nick Gibb | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Gibb

The 'Read On. Get On' campaign has an historic goal - to eliminate illiteracy. It may surprise some that in this country with its literary heritage, its leading universities, its Nobel laureates, its history and its world-class economy, that illiteracy should remain untamed and intractable. Yet one in five 11-year-olds are still leaving primary school struggling with the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic.

School's In For Summer

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 23.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A former education minister has said the six-week summer holiday should be scrapped - because poor children forget what they have learned by the time ...

Forget the 'Old Boys' Network'; Play the Ball, Not the Man

Gavin Megaw | Posted 13.07.2013 | UK Politics
Gavin Megaw

It may provide ready-made commentary when looking at the Prime Minister's inner circle, but it's an all too easy excuse for the wider issue of why non-public school students have failed to meet their ambitions.

Governor Quits After Controversial Sex Ed Video Shown To Kids Aged Five

SWNS | Posted 03.08.2012 | UK Universities & Education

A school governor has quit his role over the decision to show a controversial sex education video to children as young as FIVE. The Living and Grow...

B Is For Bigots: Homophobic Bullying 'Rife In Schools'

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 05.07.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Homophobic bullying is still common in many schools and often goes unchallenged by teachers, a major report has found. More than half of lesbian, g...

Nearly All Primary School Pupils Prefer Internet To Books, Warn Teachers

PA | Posted 20.08.2012 | UK Universities & Education

More than two fifths of teachers believe children are turned off reading for pleasure by the time they finish primary school, a survey has found. I...

Minister Shocked By Conditions At 'Crumbling' School

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 02.05.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Schools minister Nick Gibb was horrified to learn children at one of the UK's most dilapidated schools are forced to shelter under umbrellas during le...

Silent Strikes Benefit No One!

Dennis Hayes | Posted 28.05.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Dennis Hayes

'Strikes benefit no-one' said Nick Gibb, the education minister, referring to today's public sector strike. He is wrong. Traditionally when strikes occurred, they made a point.

62,000 Pupils Skipping Classes Each DAY As Truancy Rates Rise

PA | Posted 28.03.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Rising numbers of pupils are skipping school without permission, official figures showed today. Statistics published by the Department for Educatio...

DfE To Toughen Teacher Training Tests

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.03.2012 | UK Universities & Education

The Department for Education is to increase the difficulty of teacher training literacy and numeracy tests in an attempt to ensure the highest quality...

What About Preparing Children and Young People for Life Not Just the Workplace?

Sarah Brennan | Posted 23.05.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Sarah Brennan

A positive wellbeing agenda within schools is not only good for pupil's health it is good for having content and happy pupils engaged in the curriculum. Sadly OFSTED no longer inspect for a pupil's wellbeing, instead focusing almost solely on academic performance.

One In Seven Children Rejected By First Choice Of Secondary School

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 22.03.2012 | UK Universities & Education

One in seven pupils in England missed out on their first choice of secondary school this year, official figures show. The announcement follows pred...

Teachers' Manuals Equivalent To Reading War And Peace Three Times Over, Says MP

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.02.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Teachers should not spend unpaid overtime completing unnecessary paperwork, Schools Minister Nick Gibb announced on Monday, after an MP compared them ...

Introducing...The Truant Bus

Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 14.02.2012 | UK Universities & Education

A school has introduced a new way of getting truanting pupils to class - picking them up in the school bus. Harris Academy Merton, in Surrey, has ...

Children Should 'Always Have A Book On The Go'

PA/Huffington Post | Posted 07.02.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Children should "always have a book on the go", schools minister Nick Gibb announced as he launched plans for a new national reading competition. Y...

Thousands Let Down By Under-Performing Schools

Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 27.03.2012 | UK

Thousands of teenagers are being let down by under-performing schools, despite tough government targets introduced to raise standards, new league tabl...