Michael Gove reveals his secrets

As well as giving frank answers to issues at the heart of education, the Education Secretary revealed his ‘guilty pleasure’ and the girl he first kissed!

Working with BBC newsreader Fiona Bruce, twelve School Reporters travelled to the DfE to grill Michael Gove about teachers’ pay, his ideas for reform of the education system and who his first kiss was with. He even posed for a ‘selfie’!

The Education Secretary admitted that teachers aren’t paid enough: “Teachers should definitely be paid more than they are at the moment,” he said, adding that a lot is demanded of teachers because more was required of students entering the modern-day workplace, the BBC reports.

Mr Gove also said that comprehensive schools are in many cases better than their private counterparts. Other questions from the 12 pupils included lengthening the school day, changing exam grade boundaries, league tables and discipline.

In a question and answer session at the end of the interview, the young reporters cajoled Mr Gove – himself a former journalist with The Times – into revealing some very personal secrets:

  • his worst childhood memory was acne
  • hit TV  series Game of Thrones is his guilty pleasure
  • his first kiss was with a girl called Kay from St. Margaret’s School for Girls in Aberdeen. “Kay, if you’re watching, I hope you’ve recovered,” he said
  • the Shakespeare character he identifies most with is Horatio from the play Hamlet – the only major character to survive at the end of the tragedy.

Do you think that the Education Secretary’s admission that teachers deserve more pay will result in a pay rise for you, or was it just a throwaway line?

11 thoughts on “Michael Gove reveals his secrets

  1. Definitely a candid throw away line. He will not be education secretary after this time next year, although where you would move him to in the government to make as many enemies, continual u-turns etc I don’t know where.

  2. As a supply teacher I have actually received a pay cut – schools claim they can no longer afford to pay more than M4 for a day’s teaching. I should receive M6. Agencies pay even less. Ten years ago I earned £17000 over the tax year from supply teaching alone; there is no way I could survive on my income from supply teaching, which is much less than that, now. My travel expenses, food and utility bills have all increased and my savings have diminished. Sadly, Mr Gove is very good at saying what he thinks people want to hear, but his actions contradict him.

  3. I wouldn’t say that I need more pay (currently on U3 +TLR 1). What I would like is less of a burden from constant assessment, monitoring and appraisal. Schools need more money not to pay more but to hire more and spread the burden.

  4. Gove should look at other education systems around the world and what they pay! Everyone keeps talking about how good it is in Australia. They get paid and held up in the community as true proffessionals! Starting wages for a NQT in Australia is $59,000 which is approx £32,761!
    This moves each year up to $89,050 or £49,447. This is not the upeer pay scale for senior teachers or Head of Department wages. They go up from there!!!! why are we not paying our teachers a proper wage according to thier qualifications? Why do we not treat them as the true proffessionals that they are? It is crazy! Thats why so many of our young teachers are moving into other proffessions or going overseas to teach. They get paid better and treated better in other places. Why would you take the bad pay along with the crazy hours we do and then abuse on top of it from an education secretary or the public who do not understand or care!

  5. can you take anything this person seriously? He trashes teaching assistants as serving no purpose in the classroom then tries to suck up to teachers by saying they are under paid. The man has an agenda and is willing to sell his soul to get where he wants to be.

  6. Yes we’ve heard it all before, bla bla bla..When I started my MFL secondary Education degree in 2004, I was informed that there was a shortage of teachers, the pay was good and I would always have a job.
    After studying, going through NQT, achieving QTS only to discover there were very few places in Wales and so resorted to supply teaching just to get some experience. That led to some short/long term contracts but with little or no sickness /holiday pay. Supply teachers are always left out if the loop and basically I’ve lost all faith in the profession and more or less given up teaching, it’s soul destroying going into different schools. Pupils have no respect, staff have no/little time to communicate with you & teaching agencies offer a pittance. Staff rooms are tired, often dirty, and there is rarely anyone to show you the ropes let alone show you where the hot water machine is, if you don’t take your own drink you get nothing! It’s a joke and a complete shambles, I would never encourage anyone to go into teaching!

  7. Unfortunately things will only get better when there is more respect for teachers and education as a whole. I am often told “I don’t need GCSEs so why bother” and sometimes get hassle from parents and kids about what I am doing wrong. I have 11 yrs experience teaching science, good results and that is in a well regarded, semi-rural academy. How we are supposed to constantly improve results of kids that don’t give a monkeys I will never know and as long as that can be held against us all the extra pay in the world won’t make it worth it!

  8. Every job has its up and downs and of course there are a host of variables that can effect the school you work in whether it be in the private or state sector. Then there is the head of the school, is it possible to work with him/her where the working environment is conducive to a professional, productive and supportive working atmosphere? What will the children be like regarding behaviour and the school’s policy towards such matters? Last but not least important what do the powers above intend on doing regarding UK education?
    Lets face it teaching is not the only occupation where employees have stressful working lives, there are plenty of others with even more… If you don’t like it there are other jobs to choose from or to train for but of course we have the usual excuses, “I am too old to train”, “ I can’t be doing this at this stage of my life” or “I have a family to consider” etc. Sounds familiar is it no wonder the teaching profession have an unenviable reputation for moaning and complaining about their lot. We are damn luck to be in a reasonably well paid career with plenty of free time…

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